'Bestseller' outsells 'Titans' in Korea

Local film beats Hollywood overseas champ

SEOUL – “Bestseller," a Korean horror film by Daisy Entertainment, beat Hollywood blockbuster “Clash of the Titans” at the local weekend boxoffice, attracting 213,144 admissions in nationwide theaters.

The film, currently in discussion with Vertigo for a Hollywood remake, is about a best-selling fiction writer trying to unveil a small town mystery. “Bestseller” has drawn 555,232 admissions since opening on April 15.
“Clash of the Titans,”which topped local theaters three weeks in a row, attracted 151,107 admissions in 472 theaters. The film opened on April 1, and has sold 2.56 million tickets so far. “Our Mother,” a family melodrama based on a popular play, sold 107,915 tickets in 314 theaters followed by Matthew Vaughn’s superhero action “Kick Ass” based on the comic book by Mark Millar and John Romita, Jr.
“The Hurt Locker” by Kathryn Bigelow, who was named Best Director at last month's Academy Awards, attracted 85,256 admissions as a sign of moderate success in a country where Oscar films traditionally fail at the boxoffice. “Happy Killers” declined from last week, ending with 79,200 admissions. “Blind Side” starring Sandra Bullock came in 7th at 72,452 tickets, followed by “The Book of Eli” (43,717), a spy comedy “G Force” (19,441) and a Korean film “Revolver Gangsters' Gang” (18,452).