Epic tale ‘The Revenant’ kills off the competition

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Alejandro G. Inarritu’s latest feature, “The Revenant,” swept the weekend box office in Korea, debuting in first place. [20TH CENTURY FOX KOREA]
Alejandro G. Inarritu’s latest feature, “The Revenant,” swept the weekend box office in Korea, debuting in first place. [20TH CENTURY FOX KOREA]
“The Revenant,” an intense frontier epic based on a true story, raced to the top of the Korean box office on its opening weekend.

Accounting for approximately 35 percent of the weekend box office sales, the visually spectacular movie from auteur Alejandro G. Inarritu drew 694,585 attendees, making 5.7 billion won ($4.7 million).

Best known for the experimental long takes and heart-pounding beats in last year’s Academy Award winner “Birdman,” Inarritu once again put forward the bold camerawork that zooms in and out on the characters as well as the sublime beauty of the natural scenery.

Leonardo Dicaprio plays Hugh Glass, a frontiersman and fur trapper who gets attacked by a gray bear and buried alive by one of his colleagues, Fitzgerald (Tom Hardy), who also kills Glass’ one and only son.

Armed with vengeance, Glass arises from the grave and walks hundreds of miles to find Fitzgerald and give him what he deserves.

In the second slot was locally made romantic comedy “Mood of the Day,” starring up-and-coming actors Yoo Yeon-seok and Moon Chae-won.

The film follows a day that two seemingly contrasting people, Soo-jung (Moon), a conservative chic lady, and Jae-hyung (Yoo), a womanizer, spend together in the coastal city of Busan. The lighthearted film saw 279,876 theatergoers, making 2.3 billion won.

Stepping down two notches from last week, Disney-Pixar’s 16th animated feature “The Good Dinosaur,” was spotted in third place with 270,283 tickets sold. Its two-week total admissions in Korean theaters fell just short of one million, roughly translating to 7.3 billion won.

KOREA BOX OFFICE
1. The Revenant
2. Mood of the Day
3. The Good Dinosaur

BY JIN EUN-SOO [jin.eunsoo@joongang.co.kr]