Human trafficking film “The Traffickers” has put up a strong fight against “My Neighbor” and debuted atop the local box office over the weekend.
“The Traffickers” saw 533,243 tickets sold during the weekend of August 31 to September 2, based on data compiled by Korean Film Council (KOFIC) on Monday,
The thriller pic opened on August 29 stars actors Im Chang-jung and Choi Daniel. Shedding light on the inconvenient truth of our society digs into a global black market of organ trafficking which is rampant in international sea waters where it is beyond the reach of the law.
Helmed by Kim Hong-sun, the crime thriller portrays Sang-ho [played by Choi Daniel] trying to rescue his wife Chae-hee, who becomes the victim of the illicit trade by head of trafficking group Young-gyu [played by Im Chang-jug].
Placing at No. 2 is another Korean suspense thriller “My Neighbor,” which attracted 425,597 moviegoers during the same time frame.
Meanwhile, top comedy actor Cha Tae-hyun’s “The Grand Heist” sat at the third place by earning 289,126 tickets.
“The Thieves,” a record-setting film of the year, brought in 265,435 moviegoers last weekend, ranking at the fifth place.
Director Choi Dong-hoon’s latest movie just a step behind Korea’s highest-grossing film, Bong Joon-ho’s “Host” (2006). “The Thieves” is expected to steal the No. 1 spot in all-time box office rankings after drawing in 250,000 more tickets at the local box office.
Following the star-studded movie is director Timur Bekmambetov’s latest Hollywood pic “Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter,” which saw 188,955 admit here over the weekend.
Other notable movies in the top ten include “Step Up Revolution,” Rain’s “R2B: Return to Base,” “577 Project,” “Total recall” and “Sammy’s Adventures 2.”
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