'Yellow Sea' Tops Korean Holiday Box Office

The new thriller from 'The Chaser' director Na Hong-jin beat out previous winner 'Harry Potter.'

SEOUL -- Yellow Sea, Na Hong-jin’s much-anticipated thriller starring the male duo of Ha Jeong-woo (Takeoff) and Kim Yun-seok (Tazza The High Rollers), topped the holiday weekend box office in Korea and attracted over 815,000 admissions on 726 screens nationwide. 

The film, which opened on Dec. 22, sold 1.05 million tickets according to the Korean Film Council. The new film by Na, the helmer for the 2008 smash hit The Chaser, follows a Chinese-Korean hitman in Seoul chased by another hitman. Yellow Sea is produced by Popcorn Film and financed by talent management agency Wellmade StarM and Showbox, with investment by Twentieth Century Fox.

Hello Ghost another Korean film starring Cha Tae-hyun came in second, drawing 738, 696 admissions on 597 screens. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1, which topped last weekend's box office, sold 716,000 tickets. The film has attracted 2.13 million admissions since opening on Dec. 16.

Family animation and romantic comedy were steady sellers during the Christmas weekend. Sammy’s Adventure: The Secret Passage, a Belgian 3D animation that opened on 348 screens drew 233,446 admissions, while A Petty Romance, a Korean romantic comedy drew 157,936 admissions.