'Take Off' tops Korean boxoffice

'Haeundae' places second

SEOUL -- "Take Off," a sports drama about Korean national ski jumpers directed by Kim Yong-hwa ("200 Pound Beauty"), topped the Korean weekend boxoffice, beating CJ Entertainment's blockbuster "Haeundae" for the first time since that film's July 29 opening.

"Take Off," handled by Showbox, attracted 3.96 million admissions on 677 nationwide screens, according to the Korean Film Council.

Yoon Je-kyoon's tsunami thriller "Haeundae," which tallied 9.06 million total viewers, and "G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra," starring Korean superstar Lee Byung-hun, followed with 1.8 million.

Three films opening on August 12 chased after the top spot.

"Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs" has had 435,442 viewings on 462 screens; "Public Enemies," starring Johnny Depp and Christian Bale followed by attracting 291,466 admissions, while "Faith," a Korean horror film about religious fanaticism, came in sixth with 164,304 admissions.