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'Batman v Superman' clings to No. 1 at box office despite weak performance

All Headlines 12:26 April 04, 2016

By Shim Sun-ah

SEOUL, April 4 (Yonhap) -- "Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice" has had a rough second weekend, but it remains atop the domestic box office, data showed Monday.

According to the Korean Film Council, the Hollywood blockbuster added only 344,398 viewers to its domestic total of 1.99 million over the April 1-3 weekend, representing only 35 percent of all ticket sales.

The latest film by Zack Snyder, who directed the 2007 hit "300," had an excellent first weekend, selling 1.14 million tickets or taking more than 68 percent of total box office sales, domestically.

"Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice" is one of the largest action blockbusters ever depicting the unlikely confrontation between the two famous superhero characters Batman and Superman. Actors Henry Cavill and Ben Affleck play Superman and Batman, respectively, while actress Gal Gadot appears as Wonder Woman.

Closely following the superhero movie was "Zootopia," an animated Disney film.

It collected 292,419 viewers from 697 screens across the country over the weekend, beginning to run wild again on the box office.

After topping the chart for two consecutive weekends, "Zootopia" was dropped to second place by "Batman v Superman" in the fourth weekend of March.

Set in the animal world of "Zootopia" where prey and predators live in peace and harmony, the American 3-D computer-animated comedy adventure film revolves around the world's first rabbit police officer in history, named Judy.

In distant third and fourth places were the Korean comedy film "The Great Actor" and the Hollywood crime thriller "Misconduct," respectively. Both films opened in local theaters last Wednesday.

"The Great Actor" amassed 78,316 viewers in its debut weekend. It depicts the life story of Korean actor Oh Dal-su who rose to fame as one of the country's best supporting actors after decades-long work as a little-known actor on the theater stage.

"Misconduct," which is the fifth Hollywood film with Korean actor Lee Byung-hun, attracted 71,130 to attend.

Starring giant actors such as Anthony Hopkins and Al Pacino, the film is about an ambitious lawyer who finds himself caught in a struggle between a corrupt pharmaceutical executive and the firm's partner. The case takes a deadly turn and the lawyer must uncover the truth before he loses everything.

sshim@yna.co.kr
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