'The Fortress' narrowly wins Chuseok weekend box office over 'The Outlaws'
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By Shim Sun-ah
SEOUL, Oct. 9 (Yonhap) -- Korean historical drama "The Fortress" became the official winner of the local weekend box office by barely prevailing over fellow Korean-made film "The Outlaws."
Final weekend figures released Monday by the Korean Film Council showed that the film starring Lee Byung-hun, Kim Yun-seok, Park Hae-il and Go Soo amassed 1.371 million viewers in theaters across the country over the Oct. 6-8 weekend.
This photo released by CJ Entertainment shows a promotional poster for "The Fortress." (Yonhap)
Directed by Hwang Dong-hyuk and adapted from a best-selling novel by Kim Hoon, "The Fortress" follows the 47 days spent by King Injo of the Joseon Dynasty (1392-1910) and his officials in Namhan Mountain Fortress, on the southern outskirts of Seoul, to escape from the invasion by China's Qing Dynasty in the winter of 1636.
"The Outlaws," a crime action flick directed by Kang Yoon-sung and starring Ma Dong-seok and Yoon Kye-sang, attracted 1.128 million people over its first weekend, topping the "Kingsman" sequel's 716,387 second weekend score.
This photo released by Daydream Entertainment shows a scene from "The Outlaws." (Yonhap)
Released Sept. 27, the British-American spy comedy "Kingsman: The Golden Circle" has sold over 4.4 million tickets in South Korea.
Coming in fourth was domestic comedy-drama "I Can Speak," which sold 462,939 tickets.
The movie starring Lee Je-hoon and Na Moon-hee depicts an unlikely friendship between a civil service employee played by Lee and an old lady who regularly hassles workers in the local ward by lodging trivial complaints. They develop a close relationship when Lee's character ends up teaching the lady English and learns of her painful past as a sex slave during Japan's colonial rule of Korea.
The combined audiences for the top four films was bigger than usual because it was part of the 10-day Chuseok holiday. Chuseok is South Korea's autumn harvest celebration, similar to Thanksgiving in the United States.
Ranking fifth was "The Nut Job 2: Nutty by Nature," another newcomer about park-dwelling animals trying to keep their home from getting paved over. The South Korea-Canada-China co-produced animated comedy gathered 153,954 views on its debut weekend.