Korea Box Office: ‘Fantastic Beasts’ Dominates Opening Weekend

Sonia Kil
Variety

Opening on Wednesday, “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” debuted on top of the Korean box office. The Warner Bros. release scored $14.1 million from 1.94 million admissions between Wednesday and Sunday and accounted for 68% of the total weekend box office. Its opening was stronger than all the original “Harry Potter” movies debuts in Korea.

Local fantasy drama “Vanishing Time: A Boy Who Returned,” which also opened on Wednesday, earned $2.37 million over five days. Starring top actor Gang Dong-won and rising actress Shin Eun-soo, the Showbox release sees a teenage girl, whose friends all mysteriously disappear, run into a man who claims to be her-long lost friend.

“Doctor Strange” slipped to third from the previous week’s top spot, earning $1.35 million between Friday and Sunday for a total of $38.4 million after two weekends on release.

In its second weekend, Korean sports action drama “Split” earned $685,000 for a total of $4.6 million after two weekends. Showbox’s long-running comedy “Luck-key” earned $346,000 and extended its total to $47.4 million after six weekends.

UPI’s “Oija: Origin of Evil” dropped to sixth, earning $266,000 for a total of $2.11 million after two weekends.

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