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  • THE ATTORNEY Reaches 8 Million Admissions
  • by Pierce Conran /  Jan 07, 2014
  • Spy Thriller THE SUSPECT Goes over 3 Million

    The new year is getting off to a great start for local releases as two films from the holiday season continue to pull in impressive numbers. NEW’s The Attorney topped a third consecutive weekend and by the end of Monday the inspirational courtroom thriller made its way over the eight million admissions mark. Meanwhile, the action thriller The Suspect has attracted over three million viewers after just two weeks on the charts.
    SONG Kang-ho capped off a stellar 2013 with three films in the top seven.BONG Joon-ho's Snowpiercer, at number two, garnered 9.3 million viewers during summer while period pic The Face Reader was just behind with its 9.1 million spectators during the Choseok holiday season. But his biggest success of last year may well end up being YANG Woo-suk’s The Attorney which climbed to seventh on the 2013 chart by year’s end and is still going very strong in early 2014. The film posted a 1.24 million admissions weekend and is still top of the reservations chart. The question now is whether it will make it over the big ten million viewers milestone. So far, The Attorney has drawn in 8.03 million viewers.
    WON Shin-yun’s The Suspect, from Showbox, may not have attracted the same kind of publicity but has nonetheless turned into a strong performer as it has accumulated a robust 3.18 million admissions in just 14 days. The film, starring GONG Yoo as a North Korean spy on the run, added 542,736 admissions over the weekend is set to open in North American theaters on January 10th.
    The highest US release over the past weekend was Ben Stiller’s The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, which drew 236,404 admissions for third place. Just trailing that was Working Title’s romantic feature About Time, which continues to impress as it has now crossed the three million admission mark after its 142,127 admissions haul in sixth place. The film has amassed more money in Korea than in any other world market, including the US and the UK.
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