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Korea Box Office: ‘Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania’ Tops Weekend

“Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania” dominated the Korean box office charts during its most recent weekend opening to $4.91 million for the weekend. The national box office rose to $9.78 million, up from $7.85 million the previous week.

The film was shown on more than 2,000 screens and enjoyed a 50.1% market share between Friday and Sunday, according to data from Kobis, the tracking service run by the Korea Film Council. The film has grossed $7.1 million in five full days since its Wednesday opening.

“Quantumania” landed ahead of “The First Slam Dunk,” the Japanese anime that opened at the start of the year and held the top spot the past two weeks. “Slam Dunk” grossed $2.17 million, another big hit, and down from $2.67 million last weekend. Its cumulative total since January 4 is $26 million.

Spurred on by the film’s popularity, domestic publisher Daiwon CI said in recent days that the staple Japanese comedy has now sold more than 1 million copies in Korea.

The re-released movie “Titanic” came in third place, grossing $1.07 million in its second week. Another James Cameron title, “Avatar: The Way of Water,” took fourth place thanks to higher ticket prices, and then two other titles that attracted more viewers. It earned $280,000 on its cumulative extension to $105.3 million in Korea since mid-December.

The Korean animated title “Duda & Duda: The Secret of HooHoo Island” finished fifth in its opening weekend with a total of $263,000 over the weekend. Over the full five days of its debut, the film made $319,000.

The German animated film “The Amazing Maurice” finished sixth with $257,000 in the weekend and $357,000 in five days.

The long-running “Hero” earned $112,000 over the weekend for a cumulative $24.6 million since its December 21 release.

K-drama “Next Sohee,” which premiered at Cannes Critics’ Week last year, also took in $112,000 in its second week of commercial release. After 12 days in Korean cinemas, it had advanced to $491,000 in sales.

Taiwanese drama “Someday or One Day” took ninth place, grossing $105,000 in its third weekend. That brought the cumulative amount to $2.51 million since it opened in Korean theaters on January 25.

“Babylon” came in tenth with $98,000 for a cumulative three-week run of $1.44 million.


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