Korea Box Office: ‘Shadows’ Is Clear Weekend Winner

South Korea’s foreign-language Oscars contender “The Age of Shadows” topped the Korean box office.

Opening on Wednesday, the Warner Bros. release scored $16.0 million from 2.17 million admissions over five days. That accounted for 69% of the total weekend box office revenue.

Directed by top Korean director Kim Jee-woon (“The Last Stand”,) “Shadows” stars high profile actors Song Kang-ho (“The Throne”) and Gong Yoo (“Train to Busan”). The espionage drama is set in 1920s and sees resistance fighters trying to smuggle explosives from Shanghai into Japanese-occupied Korea.

Opening on the same day, CJ Entertainment’s “The Map Against the World” debuted in second. The Kang Woo-suk (“Fists of Legend”) film earned $2.15 million between Wednesday and Sunday. The period drama is about a cartographer who traveled around Korea in the 1800s.

Also opening on Wednesday, Walt Disney’s “Alice Through the Looking Glass,” NEW’s animation “Lost in the Moonlight,” and Argentine-Spanish 3D animated feature “Foosball” took third to fifth places, respectively. “Alice” earned $1.42 million. “Moonlight” earned $442,000, while “Foosball” earned $413,000.

Representing a week-on-week plunge of 87%, the previous chart topper “Tunnel” dropped to sixth. It earned $348,000 between Friday and Sunday and extended its total to $51.5 million after five weekends on release.

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