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Animated Japanese film tops S. Korean box office for second weekend

2017/01/16 09:38

By Shim Sun-ah

SEOUL, Jan. 16 (Yonhap) -- The hit Japanese animation "Your Name" claimed the South Korean box office throne for the second weekend in a row, data showed Monday.

According the real-time box office tally from the Korean Film Council, the Japanese fantasy animation attracted 739,534 moviegoers over the Jan. 13-15 weekend, taking the total number of viewers to about 2.5 million.

The Makoto Shinkai film, which had also previously topped the box offices of China, Hong Kong, Thailand and Taiwan, depicts the story of two teenagers who accidentally switch bodies.

It currently is the second most-viewed Japanese film in South Korea after Hayao Miyasaki's 2004 work "Howl's Moving Castle," which drew an audience of 3 million.

Disney's new animated film "Moana" came in second place with 583,346 in attendance while the Korean crime-action flick "Master" took third.

"Master" exceeded the 7 million mark in attendance on Sunday, the 26th day of its run since its release on Dec. 21.

Next was World War II movie "Allied" and the new sci-fi film "Assassin's Creed," based on a popular video game series of the same name. They sold 337,899 and 201,971 tickets, respectively.

Meanwhile, the award-winning Hollywood musical film "La La Land" took a step up with 107,260 viewers in its sixth week since opening, bringing its domestic total to 2.92 million. The film is expected to surpass the 3 million mark soon.

A still from the Japanese animation film "Your Name," provided by its local distributor Megabox Plus M. (Yonhap) A still from the Japanese animation film "Your Name," provided by its local distributor Megabox Plus M. (Yonhap)

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