'Beauty and the Beast' enchants S. Korean box office
By Shim Sun-ah
SEOUL, March 20 (Yonhap) -- Disney's "Beauty and the Beast" smashed the local box office on its opening weekend, taking up nearly 67 percent of all ticket sales, data showed Monday.
The live-action version of the animated classic, starring Emma Watson and Dan Stevens, garnered 1.4 million views over the March 17-19 weekend, supplanting the previous No. 1, "Kong: Skull Island," according to the real-time based box office tally from the Korean Film Council (KOFIC).
A promotional poster for "Beauty and the Beast" (Yonhap)
The King Kong film was at a distant second with 317,687 admissions while "Logan," a Hollywood superhero movie starring Hugh Jackman as Wolverine, came in the third, selling 158,723 tickets at theaters nationwide.
"Part-time Spy" was the only Korean film in the top five. The comedy-action flick starring Kang Ye-won and Han Chae-a ranked No. 4 with 89,266 views on its debut weekend.
Six-time Academy Award winner "La La Land" climbed a spot to fifth even after being in theaters more than three months. The American musical film sold 20,285 tickets to increase its domestic total to 3.4 million.
A promotional poster for "Part-time Spy" (Yonhap)