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Korea Box Office: ‘Steel Rain’ Defeats ‘Star Wars’ to Dominate Weekend

Korea Box Office: 'Steel Rain' Defeats 'Star Wars'
Courtesy of Next Entertainment World

Korean action thriller, “Steel Rain” opened on top of the South Korean box office. It comfortably beat global blockbuster “Star Wars: The Last Jedi.”

“Steel Rain” is directed by “The Attorney” director Yang Woo-suk. It focuses on the nuclear threats after a coup in North Korea forces its leader and his elite guard to come South.

The film was released on Thursday by Next Entertainment World release and earned $12.1 million from 1.63 million admissions over four days. As a measure of its success, the film accounted for 55% of total weekend box office.

Opening on the same day, “Star Wars” debuted in second and earned $5.17 million between Thursday and Sunday. That is lower than the opening four-day score of “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” which was $8.62 million in 2015.

Korean animation “Pororo Dinosaur Island Adventure” earned $1.26 million between Friday and Sunday in third place, for a total of $3.89 million after two weekends. Japanese animation, “Witch’s Flower” earned $691,000 for a two-week total of $3.46 million.

Local mystery thriller, “Forgotten” earned $630,000 between Friday and Sunday to extend its total to $9.54 million after three weekends. Suffering a steep drop of 82%, Showbox’s “The Swindlers” dropped to sixth place from the previous week’s top spot. The crime thriller earned $586,000 for a total of $28.5 million after four weekends.