New movies to battle out for weekend box office

February 24, 2017
This image, provided by Warner Bros. Korea, is a poster "A Single Rider."

This image, provided by Warner Bros. Korea, is a poster “A Single Rider.”

SEOUL, Feb. 24 (Yonhap) — New movies of diverse genres including thriller, drama and action will compete for the top spot in the local box office this weekend, an official box-office tracker said Friday.

American psychological thriller “Split,” which premiered here on Wednesday, topped the local box office on the day of its release and is riding a huge wave of popularity, according to Korean Film Council (KOFIC).

Helmed by director M. Night Shyamalan, the film follows a man with 23 different personalities who kidnaps three girls. Much attention has been drawn to whether the film will continue its reign over the weekend.

Three homegrown films are also set to attract moviegoers’ attention.

The courtroom drama “New Trial,” which also topped the local box office on its Wednesday opening day, is the runner-up with an accumulated viewer count of 1,447,731 as of Thursday.

The movie, spearheaded by director Kim Tae-yoon, tells the story of Hyun-woo, the only witness to a taxi driver’s murder, who spends 10 years in prison after he is falsely accused of the crime. He gains hope as he meets Joon-young, his advocate as well as a lawyer in debt.

This image, provided by Opus Pictures, is a poster for the South Korean movie "New Trial."

This image, provided by Opus Pictures, is a poster for the South Korean movie “New Trial.”

Also competing to top the weekend box office is “A Single Rider” featuring top-billed actor Lee Byung-hun. The movie is currently at No. 3, pushing the crime-action thriller “Fabricated City” to fourth place.

In “A Single Rider,” Lee plays a branch manager of a securities company who loses everything after a scandal surrounding an insolvent investment fund erupts. Feeling miserable and lonely, he flies to Australia to meet his family only to find out that his wife has developed an intimate relationship with another man. The movie has received rave reviews for the actor’s delicate, sensitive performance as well as rookie director Lee Joo-young’s careful projection of emotions backed by a strong script.

The action flick “Fabricated City” directed by Park Kwang-hyun took fourth place on the daily chart. It stars actor Ji Chang-wook as Gwon-yu, a jobless gaming addict who endeavors to uncover the truth behind a rape-murder case after being framed as the perpetrator.




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