‘Aquaman’ surges at box-office
“Aquaman” won the Korean winter box office by beating out “The Drug King” and “Swing Kids.” The latest DC superhero film from Warner Bros. sold 966,307 tickets on its first weekend, data from the Korean Film Council showed Monday.
That gives the undersea hero played by Jason Momoa the Korean box-office crown for the weekend, and adds to its domestic total of 1.25 million tickets.
In North America, “Aquaman’’ easily swam past “Mary Poppins Returns’’ and “Bumblebee’’ to lead the busy pre-Christmas weekend with an estimated $67.4 million in box office over the weekend, according to studio estimates Sunday.
The DC Comics superhero film, directed by James Wan, has proven to be a stabilizing “Justice League’’ spinoff for Warner Bros. following bumpier DC releases outside of “Wonder Woman.’’ The film garnered an A-minus Cinemascore from audiences.
In Korea, Actor Song Kang-ho’s “The Drug King” took second place in the weekend box office with 755,710 tickets sold. The film has so far sold 1.21 million tickets nationwide.
The film tells the true life story of an ordinary low-level narcotics dealer who becomes a notorious drug kingpin in the 1970s.
“Swing Kids,” one of the big three releases for the year-end along with “Aquaman” and “The Drug King,” came in third with 371,495 views.
The movie starring Do Kyung-soo, better known as D.O. of boy band EXO, follows a young North Korean soldier’s journey into the world of American tap dance against the background of a U.S.-controlled camp for prisoners of war on the southern island of Geoje during the 1950-53 Korean War. It was directed by Kang Hyeong-cheol, best known for “Scandal Makers” (2008) and “Sunny” (2011).
“Bohemian Rhapsody” slipped to fourth place, selling 305,768 tickets in its ninth weekend in the local theaters. This adds to its domestic total of 8.5 million.