‘Along with the Gods’ tops Malaysia box office on opening weekend

'Along with the Gods' topped the Malaysia weekend box office on its opening weekend. — Handout via CinemaOnline
'Along with the Gods' topped the Malaysia weekend box office on its opening weekend. — Handout via CinemaOnline

KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 24 — Action fantasy blockbuster Along with the Gods: The Two Worlds opened at number one in Malaysia last weekend, beating the previous top spot holder, Hollywood horror movie Insidious: The Last Key.

The South Korean movie entered cinemas nationwide on January 18 and successfully topped the Malaysia Weekend Box Office for January 18-21, 2018 on its opening weekend, despite going up against other equally hefty competitions such as the Chris Hemsworth-led 12 Strong and Matt Damon-starring Downsizing.

Along with the Gods: The Two Worlds, directed by Kim Yong-hwa (200 Pounds Beauty, Mr Go), stars Cha Tae-hyun as firefighter Kim Ja-hong.

Ja-hong is hailed as a paragon the moment he enters the afterlife and he is assisted by three guardians, Leader Kang-lim (Ha Jung-woo), Assistant Guardian Deok-choon (Kim Hyang-gi), and Security Specialist Hewonmak (Ju Ji-hoon), in his seven trials that will determine whether he is worthy of incarnation.

The movie also features Kim Dong-wook, Do Kyung-soo, Lee Joon-hyuk, Kim Su-an, Lee Jung-jae and Kim Ha-neul as part of the star-studded cast.

In Korea, not only is it Lotte Entertainment's first movie to hit the 10 million admissions mark, but now it has also passed the 13 million admissions mark, making it currently the third biggest movie of all time in the country.

Adapted from a webtoon series of the same name, Along with the Gods is a two-part movie with The Two Worlds, released in Korea on December 20, 2017, being the first part, while the second part is scheduled for release in its home country this August 2018. — CinemaOnline

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