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Korea Box Office: ‘Shadows’ Holds Off ‘Ben Hur,’ ‘Magnificent Seven’

Kim Jee-woon’s foreign-language Oscars contender, “The Age of Shadows,” remained on top of the Korean box office for the third consecutive weekend. It suffered a steep decline of 78% following the holiday period.

The Warner Bros. release earned $3.49 million from 459,000 admissions between Friday and Sunday. After three weekends, the period espionage drama has accumulated a total of $51.1 million.

Biblical epic “Ben-Hur” and Lee Byung-hun-starring Western actioner “The Magnificent Seven” also remained in second and third, respectively. “Ben-Hur” earned $1.42 million between Friday and Sunday for a total of $9.13 million after two weekends. “Magnificent Seven” added $789,000 to extend its total to $6.62 million after two weekends.

Opening on Wednesday, R-rated Japanese zombie flick “I Am A Hero” debuted in fourth, earning $1.15 million over five days. Being the first live-action zombie movie released since Yeon Sang-ho’s record-breaking zombie thriller “Train to Busan,” “Hero” beat the score of “Seoul Station,” the animated prequel to “Train.”

With a week-on-week decline of 84%, Kang Woo-suk’s period drama “The Map Against the World” dropped to fifth from the previous week’s fourth. The CJ Entertainment release earned $361,00 for a total of $6.89 after three weekends on release.

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UPI’s “Bridget Jones’ Baby” and Warner Bros.’ “Sully,” both set for Sep. 28 releases, took sixth and seventh with scores from paid previews. “Jones” opened in 349 screens nationwide and earned $376,000 between Wednesday and Sunday, while “Sully” opened in 343 screens and earned $361,000.

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