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Korea Box Office: ‘Shadows’ Holds Holiday Weekend

Korea’s Oscar contender, “The Age of Shadows” stayed on top of the Korean box office over the five-day Chuseok holiday, one of the biggest breaks of the year. The Warner Bros. release earned $26 million from 3.37 million admissions between Wednesday and Sunday, extending its total to $44.4 million from 6.05 million admissions after two weekends.

“Shadows” accounted for 54% of the total Chuseok holiday box office revenue, according to the Korean Film Council’s box office tracking service KOBIS.

Opening on Wednesday, Lotte Entertainment-distributed biblical epic “Ben-Hur” and UPI’s “The Magnificent Seven” landed in second and third, respectively. “Ben-Hur” earned $6.69 million over five days, while “Magnificent Seven” earned $5.11 million.

Kang Woo-suk’s “The Map Against the World” dropped to fourth from the previous week’s second. The CJ Entertainment release earned $3.52 million during the holiday for a total of $6.12 after two weekends on release.

“Alice Through the Looking Glass” slipped to fifth, earning $1.52 million. The Walt Disney movie has made a total of $3.23 million since its Sep. 7 release.

During the long holiday, children’s animations accounted for half the top ten chart. They included Ash Brannon’s “Rock Dog,” Argentinian-Spanish 3D “Foosball,” and Korean animation “Lost in the Moonlight” in fifth to eighth places. Opening on Wednesday, “Rock Dog” earned $1.18 million over five days. “Foosball” and “Moonlight” respectively earned $446,000 and $444,000 and extended their totals to $912,00 and $930,000.

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