‘The Himalayas’ stays in 1st place

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‘The Himalayas’ stays in 1st place

A nice mix of genres ruled over the prosperous weekend box office that included the Christmas holiday.

According to the state-run Korean Film Council on Monday, “The Himalayas,” the big-budget adventure story of famous Korean mountaineer Um Hong-gil, topped the chart for the second consecutive week, pulling in 1.8 million attendees and accounting for 38 percent of box office sales.

Since it opened on Dec. 16, the epic drama starring Hwang Jung-min and Jung Woo has been seen by 4.2 million moviegoers, making 33 billion won ($28 million).

“Star Wars: The Force Awakens” remained in second place, attracting nearly one million moviegoers over Christmas and accounting for 22 percent of ticket sales. Its two-week total is now 2.5 million admissions, which roughly translates to 21.7 billion won.

Despite the promotional visit to Korea by director J.J. Abrams and the new cast, including Daisy Ridley and John Boyega, earlier this month, the seventh installment of the space opera is gaining less attention in Korea compared to North America, where the movie is breaking one record after another.

A batch of animations were spotted in theaters as well. Sony Pictures’ animation feature “Hotel Transylvania 2” debuted in third place, with 600,233 tickets sold, while an animated adaptation of “The Little Prince” came in sixth with 247,024 tickets sold.

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