Disaster film a Korean boxoffice success

'Haeundae' simulates tsunami on Busan beachfront

SEOUL -- “Haeundae,” one of the most expensive Korean disaster movies ever made and set in the country’s existing beachfront, created a boxoffice tsunami over the weekend, beating “Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince."

The film about a deadly tidal wave hitting the famous beach town near Busan is directed by Yoon Je-kyoon (“Sex is Zero”) and coproduced by JK Film and CJ Entertainment. It has attracted 1.57 million filmgoers on 869 screens since the film opened Wednesday, followed by “Harry Potter” at 2.4 million and “Chaw” at 1.15 million, which both opened on July 15. "Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen” attracted 7.28 million paid attendances so far.

With a budget estimated at $13 million, “Haeundae” is one of the year’s most expensive films, heavy with computer graphics and a star-studded cast. The film stars top Korean movie actors including Sol Kyung-gu, Park Jung-hun and Ha Ji-won.