'Black Panther' smashes S. Korean box office
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By Shim Sun-ah
SEOUL, Feb. 19 (Yonhap) -- Marvel's long-awaited "Black Panther" dominated the weekend box office, selling a staggering 1.9 million tickets, data showed Monday.
According to the real-time based tally from the Korean Film Council, the superhero movie roared past the 3 million cumulative audience mark on Sunday, the fifth day of its run.
A still from "Black Panther" (Yonhap)
The Korean adventure-comedy "Detective K: Secret of the Living Dead" dropped to second place with 713,774 views in its second weekend.
The third installment of the detective series set in the 1392-1910 Joseon era is a period comedy about a well-known detective duo combining forces with a powerful woman to solve a mysterious serial murder case. The series debuted in 2011.
Domestic crime thriller "Golden Slumber," led by Gang Dong-won, jumped to third place, selling 628,197 tickets.
It revolves around a kind and true-hearted delivery man who suddenly becomes wanted by the police as the prime suspect in the assassination of an influential presidential candidate. It will likely pass 1 million in attendance soon.
Another new Korean release, "Heung-boo: The Revolutionist," the posthumous work by actor Kim Joo-hyuk, was a distant fourth with 211,590 views.
Coming in fifth was "Detective Conan: Jolly Roger in the Deep Azure," a film version of the famous Japanese TV animation series. It was seen by 85,444 moviegoers.
The Korean smash hit "Along With the Gods: The Two Worlds" fell to No. 9, ending its eight-week-long stint in the top five.
A still from "Detective K: Secret of the Living Dead" (Yonhap)