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Korea Box Office: Theatrical Market Hit Less than Three Months

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“Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantummania” holds the top spot at the South Korean box office. But despite several new release titles the overall market remains soft.

The nationwide theatrical gross was just $7.26 million. It turned out to be the slowest box office weekend in more than three months.

“Quantumania” collected $2.0 million between Friday and Sunday and enjoyed a 27% market share, according to data from Kobis, a tracking service run by the Korean Film Council (Kofic). The second weekend boost lifted its 12-day total to $10.6 million.

The long-running Japanese animation title, “The First Slam Dunk,” earned $1.36 million in its eighth weekend of release. As of January 4 it has accumulated $28.0 million.

Topping the list of newcomers is local sports drama film “Count”. It earned $1.12 million over the weekend and $1.63 million since its Wednesday release. It accounted for 15% of the weekend total.

US tech thriller “Missing” followed with $1.01 million over the weekend and $1.46 million in its opening five days.

Korean crime mystery, “Marui Video,” another new opener, ranked fifth. It grossed $493,000 over the weekend and $752,000 in its opening five days.

“Suzume,” the Japanese animation hit that recently enjoyed a prestigious slot at the Berlin Film Festival, took in $220,000 over the weekend in previews. It is scheduled for an official release in Korea on March 8.

Korean animation, “Duda and Dada The Secret of Huhu Island” earned $142,000 in its second weekend of release. After 12 days its cumulative $547,000.

“Avatar: The Way of Water” finished eighth with $150,000 for the weekend. Its cumulative total since its December release is now $104 million.

The animation franchise film, “Octonauts: Above and Beyond: Season 2” scored $129,000 over the weekend and $163,000 in its first four days of release.

The German film — the fifth animation in the weekend’s top ten — “The Amazing Maurice” earned $113,000 in tenth place. It has a total of $575,000 in 12 days.

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