'Memoir of a Murderer' tops weekend box office, sells 2 million tickets

Cast members gathered together on Sunday to celebrate the milestone with a cake.

Memoir of a Murderer
The cast members of 'Memoir of a Murderer' celebrated the 2 million audience with a cake on September 17. Showbox

The Korean crime thriller film "Memoir of a Murderer" reached 2 million audience on September 17 as it dominated the weekend box office in Korea again.

Starring Seol Kyung Kyu, AOA's Seolhyun, Kim Nam-gil and Oh Dal-su, "Memoir of a Murderer" is about former serial killer Byung-su who is suffering from Alzheimer's disease but tries to protect his daughter Kim Eun-hee from being murdered.

As of September 17, the movie is No. 1 as it sold 2.06 million tickets and grossed US$14.78 million since it opened on September 6, according to the Korean Film Council (KOFIC).

Cast members gathered together on Sunday to celebrate the milestone with a cake.

For the weekend box office covering the period September 15-17, "Memoir of a Murderer" grabbed the top spot with 483,235 in total admissions and revenue of $3.61 million for a market share of 31.67 percent.

It was followed by foreign films "Baby Driver," $2.55 million; "American Made," $1.58 million; "It," $882,875; and "The Hitman's Bodyguard," $907,306.

"Memoir of a Murderer," based on the novel by Kim Young-ha, will be screened at the BFI London Film Festival slated from October 4 to 15.

It is one of four films to be invited to the festival along with "On the Beach at Night Alone" by Hong Sangsoo and documentaries "Bamseom Pirates Seoul Inferno" and "Becoming Who I Was."

For "Memoir of a Murderer," Seol Kyung Kyu had to lose weight.

"When I was in 'Oasis' and 'Silmido,' I was young, so it was easier to lose weight. "It's not the same now that I'm older," he said.

Director Won Shin-hyun said he decided to make the film after reading the novel in 40 minutes.

"It's fast-paced, with a whirlwind plot, and a sense of humor that accompanies the suspense. It wouldn't have been right not to make it into a film," he said.

Seolhyun praised Seol Kyung Kyu saying she also experienced the hardships of undergoing dieting.

"And I know that if you don't have carbohydrates in your system, you can't think. But (Sol) was so good in all his scenes. I have much respect for him," she said.