By JONATHAN HICAP, Manila Bulletin
Thriller "Hide and Seek" and the drama "The Flu" topped the box office in Korea, earning a combined total of 30,817,723,000 won (about P1.2 billion) since the two films opened last Aug. 14.
As of Aug. 19, "Hide and Seek," stars Son Hyeon-joo, Moon Jeong-hee and Jeon Mi-seon, has grossed a total of 16.85 billion won (about P658.35 million) as of Aug. 19 to top the box office.
|A scene from "Hide and Seek" (left) and "The Flu" star Jang Hyuk (right) (Photos by www.newsen.com)|
Its admissions totaled 2.37 million from 1.35 million tickets sold over the weekend.
"The Flu," which stars Jang Hyuk and Soo-ae, settled for second place with total gross of 13.96 billion won (about P543.82 million).
It has sold 1.97 million tickets since its opening weekend sales of 970,161.
"The Flu" is a film about a deadly respiratory disease that infects people in Bundang in Seoul. The epidemic infects about 2,000 per hour and death is expected within 36 hours.
It also features 21-year-old Filipino Lester Avan Andrada, who is playing a supporting role in the movie.
Andrada, a Communication Arts majoring in Theater student at the University of the Philippines in Los Banos (UPLB), plays the role of Mongssai, an illegal overseas Filipino worker (OFW) who was smuggled into Korea along with other illegal workers from other countries.
He attended the premiere of "The Flu" in Korea held recently.
"Snowpiercer" is third place for Aug. 19. It has grossed a total of 59.3 billion won (about P2.3 billion) since it opened last Aug. 1. Ticket sales totaled 8.26 million.
"The Terror, Live" is fourth with 49,435 ticket sales. The movie has so far earned a total of 36.4 billion won (about P1.41 billion) and sold 5 million tickets since it opened last July 31.
Rounding off the top 10 are "Epic," "The Smurfs 2," "Turbo," "Detective Conan," "The Garden of Words" and "A Late Quartet."
Jang Hyuk said he chose to star in "The Flu" because director Kim Sung Soo.
"I chose 'The Flu' more because it was a piece by director Kim Sung Soo rather than because the scenario was good. I actually chose to be in his previous piece 'Please Teach Me English' without looking at the scenario. I didn′t even know it was a romantic comedy. It was the same this time around. I looked forward to a lot just because it was by director Kim Sung Soo," he said, according to ENewsWorld.
He also praised his co-star Soo-ae.
"Soo Ae is an actress who studies the piece as much as I do. It was great to work with her. The set really felt like the scene of a disaster because it was a disaster film. That made us grow closer to each other," he said.
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