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Two Korean films sweep weekend box office

All Headlines 10:33 August 21, 2017

By Shim Sun-ah

SEOUL, Aug. 21 (Yonhap) -- Two domestic films, "A Taxi Driver" and "Midnight Runners," led the local box office last weekend, data showed Monday.

According to the computerized figures from the Korean Film Council, "A Taxi Driver," a period drama about the 1980 pro-democracy uprising in Gwangju, drew 949,908 people over the Aug. 18-20 weekend, extending its reign as the top release into its third week.

Released on Aug. 2, the movie starring Song Kang-ho and German actor Thomas Kretschmann has sold a total of 10,353,208 tickets until Sunday, becoming the first film to pass the 10 million threshold this year in the country.

This composite photo shows promotional posters for "A Taxi Driver" and "Midnight Runners." (Yonhap)

The film helmed by Jang Hoon tells the story of a Seoul taxi driver who happens to take a German reporter 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 in May 1980.

"Midnight Runners," a Korean police school comedy, remained in second for the second straight weekend, selling 848,788 tickets.

Seen by a total of 3,906,566 people until Sunday, the film starring Park Seo-jun and Kang Ha-neul is expected to surpass 4 million in attendance on Monday.

Directed by Jason Kim, it revolves around two cadets at the Korean National Police University who are embroiled in a kidnapping case that they witness at midnight.

Coming in third and fourth is two newcomers -- Hollywood sci-fi blockbuster "War for the Planet of the Apes" and the Korean mystery-thriller "The Mimic" -- seen by 683,459 and 511,112 people respectively.

American horror movie "Annabelle: Creation" ranked at No. 5, down two steps from previous weekend, with 252,034 views.


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