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The Revenant opened to an impressive $5.7 million at the South Korean box office, one of the top 10 openings of all time for a Fox title, not accounting for inflation.
Directed by Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu and starring Leonardo DiCaprio, the movie commanded 35.2 percent of the market after nabbing 12 Oscar nominations. Korean fans and media have largely spotlighted whether DiCaprio will win his first Oscar.
Coming in second place was a domestic film, Mood of the Day. The Showbox/Mediaplex film took 14.1 percent of the revenue to earn a total $2.4 million during its first week in theaters — an impressive box-office performance among recent local romantic comedies. Mood of the Day features popular actor Yoo Yeon-seok as a womanizer who tries to woo a conservative woman, played by in-demand actress Moon Chae-won.
Pixar’s The Good Dinosaur finished at No. 3, falling two spots after topping the Korean box office last week. The film, handled by Walt Disney Company Korea, brought in 12.4 percent of ticket sales over the weekend to amass a gross total of almost $6 million.
The Himalayas, another domestic film, fell to fourth place, down one from the previous week. The mountaineering epic handled by CJ Entertainment brought in 9.3 percent of the weekend sales revenue that added to its cumulative earning of $47.9 million. Its blockbuster performance — the film topped charts for three weeks, from Dec. 18 until Jan.3 — had been accountable for the underperformance of Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
The Inside Men: The Original, a second Showbox/Mediaplex title among the top-ranking films, finished at No. 5. This was three places down from last week’s No. 2. The director’s cut version of the political drama The Inside Men accounted for 8.2 percent of the share, contributing to its total gross of $12.5 million.
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