‘Shadows’ tops Hollywood releases over Chuseok
The period espionage film set in the late 1920s, when the country was under Japanese colonial rule (1910-45), took in 28.4 billion won ($25 million) over Chuseok from 3.3 million admissions, making up 54.7 percent of total ticket sales in 1,368 screens nationwide.
The movie has raked in 49.9 billion won since its release on Sept. 7 and sold more than six million tickets as of Sunday.
The Hollywood remake of the classic film “Ben-Hur” came in second during the five-day holiday with 873,688 ticket sales, despite some critics panning its lack of creativity. It reached 500,000 admissions three days after its release on Wednesday, the start of the Chuseok holiday.
CJ Entertainment’s period film, “The Map Against the World,” about Joseon Dynasty (1392-1910) cartographer Kim Jeong-ho (Cha Seung-won) came in fourth, marking a drastic drop from second place last week, with 478,130 admissions.
Disney’s “Alice Through the Looking Glass,” the sequel to 2010’s “Alice in Wonderland,” and the American-Chinese animation “Rock Dog,” distributed by Huayi Brothers and Summit Entertainment, each came in fifth and sixth.
NEW’s controversial animated film “Lost in the Moonlight” slipped to seventh place. The Korean animation has been accused of being too similar to Hayao Miyazaki’s “Spirited Away” (2001).
Another Korean animation “Foosball” came in eighth, and two other animations, “Aikatsu! Music Award: Minna de Shou wo MoracchaimaShow!” and “Robinson Crusoe,” followed with the next two spots.
BY JIN MIN-JI [firstname.lastname@example.org]