mystery-thriller movie “The Priests” has topped the box office, bringing in
more than a million people in just three days since opening last Thursday,
according to the news outlet The Korea Times.
film was so successful over its debut weekend that it recorded the biggest
opening of November, beating out Hollywood films, including “Maze Runner: The
Scorch Trials,” “The Martian,” “Bridge of Spies” and “Burnt,” according to The
Priests” dominated 69.1 percent of the market share during the weekend of
November 6 to 9, according to the Korean Film Council’s KOBIS database. The
film reportedly earned a gross total of about 13 billion won ($11.3 million).
week of November is reportedly traditionally one of the worst for movies that
hit theaters in South Korea, but “The Priests” was able to move past that trend.
Entertainment film stars Kim Yun-seok and Kang Dong-won as a priest and deacon,
respectively. The characters reportedly team up for an exorcism in order to
save a girl who is in danger because of a supernatural force.
thriller’s release was a special one, as it was reportedly the first mainstream
film to be released for ScreenX theaters. ScreenX is a three-screen cinema
technology developed by CJ Entertainment that is only available at the
company’s CGV theaters around the country.
may have worked its magic this time by providing viewers of the mystery drama
an opportunity to experience every twist and turn almost as if it were a
age where users can easily download films to watch anything on HD screens,
theaters are looking for a way to keep audiences coming with spectacle and
immersive experiences. ScreenX is designed to give audiences a more lively
experience through a panoramic view of what’s happening on screen,” explained a
CGV spokesperson upon the debut of the ScreenX format in South Korea.
By Ji Hyun Joo