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.