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'A Taxi Driver' wins second weekend

All Headlines 11:40 August 14, 2017

By Shim Sun-ah

SEOUL, Aug. 14 (Yonhap) -- "A Taxi Driver," starring Song Kang-ho and German actor Thomas Kretschmann, continued to be astonishing in its second weekend, adding 1.77 million views to top the weekend chart again, data showed on Monday.

After 12 days on local screens, the period drama about a pro-democracy uprising in the country has sold 7.938 million tickets until Sunday and climbed past the 8 million mark on Monday morning, according to figures from the Korean Film Council.

This image released by Showbox shows a scene from "A Taxi Driver." (Yonhap)

The film is now the most-viewed title of this year in the country, beating 7.81 million for "Confidential Assignment," a Korean comedy-action about two cops from South and North Korea who team up for a joint confidential assignment.

Helmed by Jang Hoon, "A Taxi Driver" tells the story of a Seoul taxi driver named Man-seop, who happens to take German reporter Jurgen Hinzpeter to Gwangju, some 330 kilometers south of Seoul, for a large offer of money and witnesses the horrors of the bloody military crackdown on the uprising on May 18, 1980.

Just a step behind was "Midnight Runners," the Korean police school comedy seen by 1.33 million people. Released on Aug. 9, the comedy starring Park Seo-jun and Kang Ha-neul has attracted 1.9 million views.

American horror movie "Annabelle: Creation" debuted at No. 3 with 751,063 views.

Animated film "Despicable Me 3" came in fourth, down a notch, in its third weekend. The Korean historical blockbuster "The Battleship Island" tumbled three steps to finish fifth with 115,662 people. It has so far sold about 6.5 million tickets.

sshim@yna.co.kr
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