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Korea Box Office: ‘Himalayas’ Dominates Christmas

Survival drama “The Himalayas” remained on top of the Korean box office during the three-day Christmas holiday weekend.

The CJ Entertainment release earned $12.2 million from 1.76 million admissions between Friday and Sunday, with a week-on-week increase of 60%. With some 436,000 tickets sold on Dec. 25 alone, “Himalayas” became the biggest Christmas movie of all time, overtaking 2013’s “The Attorney,” according to data from the Korean Film Council’s KOBIS service. The picture has made $28.2 million after two weekends on release.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens” also remained in second, earning $7.01 million from 936,000 admissions between Friday and Sunday and extended its total to $18.6 million.

NEW’s CGI-heavy period drama, “The Tiger” slipped to fourth, making $2.67 million between Friday and Sunday for a total of $9.34 million after two weekends on release.

“Inside Men” dropped to fifth, earning $1.91 million between Friday and Sunday. It now stands at a total of $47.5 million after six weeks on release. Currently the second biggest R-rated feature, a three-hour director’s cut is set for a Dec. 31 release.

New animated features debuted in the top ten for family audiences during the holiday weekend. “Hotel Transylvania 2” opened in third on Christmas Eve. The UPI release made $4.25 million between Thursday and Sunday. The “Hotel Transylvania” series’ first instalment earned $2.4 million over opening four days for a total of $5.22 million in 2013.

Opening on Dec. 23, English-language French 3D picture “The Little Prince” and Japan’s “Pokemon the Movie XY: Ring no Chomajin” earned $2.04 million and $1.01 between Wednesday and Sunday, respectively. “The Peanuts Movie” debuted on Christmas and earned $786,100.

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