Feb 20, 2017
A still from the courtroom film "New Trial." (Opus Pictures)
Domestic courtroom drama "New Trial
" (재심) topped the box office on its first weekend, pushing aside the previous No. 1 "Fabricated City," data showed Monday.
"New Trial" starring Kang Ha-neul and Jung Woo attracted 755,268 viewers over the Feb. 17-19 weekend, according to a box office tally from the Korean Film Council. The film exceeded 1 million in attendance on Sunday.
Helmed by director Kim Tae-yoon, the movie follows the story of Hyunwoo, 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 Joonyoung, his advocate as well as a lawyer in debt. The film is based on a real murder case that happened 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 463,203 viewers over the weekend with an accumulated viewer count of 1.9 million.
American-Chinese fantasy action flick "The Great Wall" starring Matt Damon with Chinese master director Zhang Yimou brought in 272,781 cinemagoers, coming in third.
The Korean comedy-action "Confidential Assignment" on the other hand fell to fourth place from the previous No. 2 with 193,559 viewers. It, however, has drawn more than 7 million moviegoers since its release on Jan. 18. In fifth place was a newcomer, "Trolls," a U.S. 3D computer-animated film seen by 184,304 people.