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Korean mystery-thriller opens on top of weekend box office

All News 18:30 April 11, 2016

SEOUL, April 11 (Yonhap) -- New release "Insane," a domestic film based on the true story of a woman kidnapped and held in a mental hospital against her will, landed on the top of the South Korean box office, data showed Monday.

Released on Thursday, the mystery-thriller starring actress Kang Ye-won topped the chart collecting 308,619 viewers over the April 8-10 weekend, according to official box office figures from the Korean Film Council.

"Insane" features the nation's cruel reality in which a normal person can legitimately become a mental patient with consent from two legal guardians and a psychiatrist.

The film is drawing wide media attention for the freshness of its subject, a mental hospital, and the enthusiastic performance by the lead actress Kang.

Closely following the Korean film was "Zootopia," an animated Disney film.

It added 218,266 viewers for three days to its domestic total of 3.9 million and is expected to break the 4 million mark soon.

Staying in the box office chart for nearly two months since it opened in local theaters on Feb. 17, "Zootopia" is one of this year's few long-running films.

Set in the animal world of "Zootopia," where predators and prey live in peace and harmony, the American 3-D computer-animated comedy adventure film revolves around the world's first rabbit police officer in history, named Judy.

Two other new releases "10 Cloverfield Land" and "Eddie the Eagle," both American films, came in the third and fourth place, respectively.

"10 Cloverfield Land" features three people living in an underground bunker made by one of them who insists that a hostile event has left the surface of the Earth uninhabitable. It is the second film in the Cloverfield franchise produced by J.J. Abrams. The sci-fi psychological thriller attracted 183,116 people over the weekend.

"Eddie the Eagle" is based on the real-life story of Michael Edwards, better known as Eddie "The Eagle" Edwards, a British skier and ski jumper who in 1988 became the first competitor to represent Great Britain in Olympic ski jumping. It was seen by 108,744 viewers.

The Hollywood action picture, "Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice" dived from the first place to fifth. It drew 103,837 moviegoers over the weekend for an 18-day cumulative of some 2.2 million.


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