'Haeundae' continues boxoffice reign

Korean disaster flick holds top spot for second week

Disaster film a Korean boxoffice success
Haeundae -- Film Review

SEOUL -- Korean tsunami blockbuster "Haeundae" topped the weekend boxoffice for the second week in a row, making it the first and quickest Korean film to break 4 million admissions this year.

The film, which was released on July 22, hit the million mark in only four days, and drew more than 4.5 million filmgoers as of Monday, according to the Korean Film Council.

Also leading the boxoffice charts next to "Haeundae" is another Korean film, "National Athlete" (KM Culture), a sports adventure based on the national ski jumping team, distributed by Showbox/Mediaplex, with 859,000 admissions on 754 screens, and Pixar's adventure comedy "Up" at 381,900 admissions.

"Detective Conan: The Raven Chaser," a new Japanese animation by Taiichiro Yamamoto, came in fourth at 213,000 admissions, beating "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince," which drew more than 2.82 million admissions since opening on July 15.

An exit poll by CJ Entertainment, a co-producer and distributor of "Haeundae," indicated that 40% of filmgoers were family admissions, including teenagers and seniors. The company pointed out that this age group is particularly notable among summer blockbusters that run for an extended period.

"Haeundae" is waiting for theatrical releases in China, Hong Kong, Singapore, Malaysia, Taiwan and Vietnam.