The Face Reader

The official poster of Korean period-set film “The Face Reader.” [Showbox]

Korean period-set movie “The Face Reader” made a smashing debut atop local weekend box office over the weekend.

“The Face Reader” attracted a whopping 1.89 million moviegoers during its opening weekend from September 13 to 15 and topped the weekend box office, the Korean Box Office Information System (KOBIS) showed on Monday.

The star-studded film, starring Song Kang-ho, Lee Jung-jae, Cho Jung-seok and Lee Jong-suk, centers around a natural-born face reader Nae-kyung (Song) who aims to changee the fate of Joseon Dynasty after finding out Sooyang Daegun’s (Lee Jung-jae) conspiracy to rise in revolt.

Sitting at the No. 2 position is last week’s chart-topper “The Spy: Undercover Operation.” The Korean comic action pic drew in over 377,000 audiences in the same time frame.

U.S. action adventure “The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones” made a debut to number three with some 176,000 tickets sold, while “Monster University,” Pixar’s 14th animated picture and prequel to “Monsters, Inc.,” grabbed the fourth place after attracting over 175,000 animation lovers.

“Percy Jackson and Sea of Monsters,” the sequel to 2010 fantasy adventure “Percy Jackson & The Olympians,” rounded off the top five with 158,000 tickets sold.

Other movies much enjoyed over the weekend are U.S. animation “Despicable Me 2,” Hollywood crime thriller “Now You See Me,” Korean hit thriller “Hide and Seek,” director Bong Joon-ho’s first global project “Snowpiercer” and Hong Sang-soo’s newest art house film “Our Sunhi.”

Reporter. Lee Hye-ji hjlee@tenasia.co.kr

Courtesy of Showbox