‘Inside Out’ soars to the top of Korean box office

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‘Inside Out’ soars to the top of Korean box office

Pixar’s latest animated film topped the local weekend box office by attracting a little less than a million moviegoers.

Entering its second week in Korean theaters, “Inside Out,” directed by Pete Docter, totaled 939,236 tickets sold at 931 screens during the weekend, bringing in 7.5 billion won ($6.5 million).

The two-week total is now 2 million tickets sold, bringing in 16 billion won.

Boasting five colorful mood entities - Joy, Sadness, Anger, Disgust and Fear - as leading characters, Pixar’s latest project traces a profound journey inside the mind of a little girl named Riley.

While the first half of the film focuses on how these moods each play their part in operating the Headquarters to form the memories and personality of the heroine, the latter half comes to the conclusion that Sadness should be embraced as an important part of human emotions, instead of being avoided.

The cross-generational message is said to have helped the film appeal to a wide range of audiences.

Pushed aside by “Inside Out” was the war drama “Northern Limit Line,” directed by Kim Hak-soon.

The film’s portrayal of the Second Battle of Yeonpyeong, which happened back in 2002, collected 530,999 in ticket sales during the weekend, bringing its month-long total to 5.5 million admissions. It made 42 billion won so far in Korean theaters.

Universal’s video-game comedy “Pixels” debuted in third place with 400,649 tickets sold. This retro film features some of the biggest arcade games of the 90’s, such as Pac-Man and Donkey Kong, as villains who invade present-day Earth after misinterpreting recorded footage of video games as a declaration of war.

Meanwhile, local comedy film “Three Summer Night,” a Korean equivalent of Hollywood’s “Hangover” series, debuted in eight place, selling 36,136 tickets.

BY JIN EUN-SOO [jin.eunsoo@joongang.co.kr]
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