Friend 2

From left, Korean actors Yoo Oh-sung, Kim Woo-bin and Joo Jin-mo on the poster of Korean film noir “Friend 2.” [Lotte Entertainmen]

“Friend 2,” the sequel to 2001 Korean box office hit “Friend,” has dominated the weekend box office, putting an end to the two-week reign of Hollywood film “Thor: the Dark World.”

The home-made film noir made a winning debut to No. 1 after drawing in over 1.06 million moviegoers atop the weekend box office from November 15 to 17, the Korean Box Office Information System (KOBIS) showed on Monday.

Starring Yoo Oh-sung, Joo Jin-mo and Kim Woo-bin, “Friend 2” centers on Joon-seok (Yoo) who have entered jail after hiring a hit man to kill his friend Dong-soo (Jang Dong-gun) in the first installation.

Joon-seok is released from prison 17 years later and meet Dong-soo’s hidden son Sung-hoon (Kim), who became Joon-seok’s right-hand man without knowing the ugly truth.

“Thor: the Dark World,” Hollywood fantasy epic swept the box office for two past weeks, slid down to No.2 with a ticket sales of 346,000 over the weekend.

New Korean web-comic-turned thriller “The Fives,” starring actress Kim Sun-ah of TV series “My Name is Kim Sam-soon,” made a smooth debut to number three after drawing in 261,000 movie fans.

Hollywood SF film “Gravity” took one more step down to the fourth spot with a ticket sales of 128,000, while Big Bang T.O.P’s drama pic “Commitment” rounded off the top five after inviting in 63,000 fans.

Other movies in the top ten were U.S. crime thriller “The Counselor,” Son Ye-jin’s thriller “Blood and Ties,” Korean new music drama “Black Gospel,” Spanish animated pic “Snowflake and Korean sports drama pic “No Breathing.”

Reporter. Cory Lee

Courtesy of Lotte Entertainment