Korea Box Office: Wartime Sex Slave Drama ‘Spirits’ Opens on Top

Korea Box Office: Wartime Sex Slave
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Historical drama “Spirits’ Homecoming” topped the Korea box office, scoring $6.41 million from 1.06 million admissions between Wednesday and Sunday. A story about wartime sex slaves known euphemistically as ‘comfort women,’ the crowdfunded picture had been in the making for 14 years due to the sensitive nature of the subject and difficulties in getting investment.

The previous week’s winner, “Deadpool” slipped to second, earning $3.09 million between Friday and Sunday, for a total of $17.5 million after two weekends.

With a week-on-week rise of 25%, “Zootopia” remained in third, making $2.55 million between Friday and Sunday. The Disney release has earned $6.81 million since Feb. 17.

Korean-made films took the following five chart places. Lee Joon-ik’s “Dongju The Portrait of A Poet” climbed to fourth from last week’s fifth, making $1.21 million between Friday and Sunday, for a total of $3.74 million after two weekends on release. Showbox’s crime comedy “A Violent Prosecutor” earned $1.16 million for a total of $61.7 million after four weekends, while CJ’s romantic comedy “Like For Likes” made $615,900 for $4.56 million after two weekends.

Starring Jeon Do-yeon and Gong Yoo, Lee Yoon-ki’s melodrama “A Man And A Woman” scored $772,000 between Thursday and Sunday, while Lee Eun-hui’s retro-themed melodrama “Unforgettable” made $1.02 million since its Wednesday opening.

UPI’s “The 5th Wave” and double Oscar-winner “Spotlight” debuted in ninth and tenth, respectively earning $495,000 between Thursday and Sunday, and $583,300 between Wednesday and Sunday.

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  1. Kathy Dye says:

    I wouldn’t have a thing to do with the Oscars this year. The Oscars have been diverse. They just haven’t catered to the minority communities. Are we now going to have to have quotas on the people who determine who is nominated AND who wins so that people won’t be whining. What is the point of having the award if it has to be sure to kiss the minorities back sides? I didn’t watch this year. I won’t watch ever again.

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