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  • THE FATAL ENCOUNTER Scores Biggest Korean Opening of 2014
  • by Pierce Conran /  May 07, 2014
  • THE TARGET Also on Target
     

    Following a few tepid months for local releases, the Korean film industry came back with a bang over the recent long weekend. The top draw over the frame was LEE Jae-kyoo’s period drama The Fatal Encounter, featuring the screen return of top star Hyun Bin after his obligatory military service, which scored 1.04 million admissions. As of May 7th, after a week on release, the film has accumulated 2.46 million viewers. The opening was the biggest for a local release in 2014, though it trailed to debuts of Hollywood tentpoles Captain America: The Winter Soldier and The Amazing Spider-Man 2.
     
    The period drama edged out Hollywood’s The Amazing Spider-Man 2, which added 740,000 viewers over its second weekend and now stands at 3.53 million admissions. Coming in third was the debut of the new local action thriller The Target, starring RYU Seung-ryong. The film, which will screen in the Midnight Section of the Cannes International Film Festival, brought in 586,000 viewer over the weekend for a 1.35 million viewer total to date.
     
    After three weeks on the chart, the indie film Han Gong-ju is still going strong. LEE Sujin’s award-winning film placed eighth on the weekend chart and reached 195,000 viewers by the end of Tuesday, May 6th.

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