SINGAPORE (Oct 10): The Outlaws, a South Korean crime action film co-presented by Spackman Entertainment Group’s 51%-owned subsidiary, Novus Mediacorp, has taken the top spot at the Korean box office for two straight days beginning from Sunday.

Novus Mediacorp owns the distribution rights of The Outlaws for the ancillary market in Korea.  

The film has overtaken historical drama film The Fortress after opening third on its first day, according to Spackman in a press release on Tuesday. The former was previously the No. 2 ranked film during the weekend Korean box office of Oct 6 to Oct 8 last week.

The Outlaws is based on the 2004 Chinese-Korean gangster mop-up operation which took place in Seoul’s Garibong neighbourhood, and stars actors Ma Dong-seok and Yoon Kye-sang.

Charles Spackman, executive chairman and CEO of the group, says the film's climb to the top spot at the Korean box office is “unexpected”, and that he is pleased the film has “performed beyond expectations”.

“As Novus Mediacorp is the ancillary distributor of the film, the film’s strong box office performance bodes well for its prospects in the ancillary market,” he adds.

The Outlaws is due to be screened at the London Korean Film Festival over Oct 26 to Nov 19 this year.

Shares in Spackman closed flat at 12 cents on Tuesday.