Courtroom drama "New Trial" (재심) topped the local box office on its opening day, putting aside the previous lead "Fabricated City," data showed on Thursday.
According to a box office tally from the Korean Film Council, the new film starring Kang Ha-neul and Jung Woo attracted 134,257 moviegoers on Wednesday.
Helmed by director Kim Tae-yoon, the movie follows the story of Hyun-woo, the only witness to a taxi driver's murder, who spends 10 years in prison after he is falsely accused of the crime. He gains hope as he meets Joon-young, his advocate as well as a lawyer in debt.
The film grabbed the spotlight thanks to the two main leads' superb acting as well as its plot based on a real murder case that happened back in 2000 in Iksan, some 250 kilometers south of Seoul.
"Fabricated City," which had remained at the top for a week after its opening, came in second, garnering 88,134 viewers on the same day with an accumulated viewer count of 1,435,511.
American-Chinese monster flick "The Great Wall" starring Matt Damon with Chinese master director Zhang Yimou, brought in 46,453 cinemagoers, coming in third.
"Confidential Assignment" on the other hand fell to fourth place with 40,955 viewers. It, however, has drawn more than 7 million moviegoers since its release on Jan. 18.
Hollywood mystery thriller "A Cure for Wellness" directed by Gore Verbinski of the "Pirates of the Caribbean" series came in fifth place.