‘The Great Battle’ wins second weekend at box office

October 1, 2018

SEOUL, Oct. 1 (Yonhap) — “The Great Battle” stayed atop the South Korean box office in its second weekend, collecting 814,446 admissions.

The ancient war movie has a 12-day cumulative of 4.52 million admissions, according to data from the Korean Film Council (KOFIC) on Monday.


A still from "The Great Battle" (Yonhap)

A still from “The Great Battle” (Yonhap)

Set in 645, the movie starring Zo In-sung, Nam Joo-hyuk and Park Sung-woong re-enacts the legendary 88-day battle that Gen. Yang Man-chun (played by Zo In-sung) and his 5,000 Koguryo troops desperately fought against the superior Chinese Tang invaders. Koguryo is one of the three Korean ancient kingdoms, which lasted from the first to seventh centuries and stretched from the central part of Korea well into modern-day northeastern China at its peak.

In second place was “The Negotiation” led by Son Ye-jin and Hyunbin. Seen by 368,689 moviegoers in its second weekend, the crime thriller tells the story of a police negotiator who strives to save two hostages from a notorious international arms dealer based in Bangkok.

A still from "The Negotiation" (Yonhap)

A still from “The Negotiation” (Yonhap)

“Feng Shui” came in third with 239,979 views. The Korean period drama tells the story of a genius feng shui expert of the Joseon Dynasty (1392-1910) who is approached by the king’s uncle, Heungseon, to end the Kim family’s dominance of the country.

“The Soul-mate,” a South Korean comedy-drama starring Ma Dong-seok, debuted at No. 4 with 172,082 views. It was followed by the American horror movie “The Nun,” seen by 117,226 moviegoers.