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'Now You See Me 2' dominates South Korean box office

All News 10:49 July 18, 2016

By Shim Sun-ah

SEOUL, July 18 (Yonhap) -- "Now You See Me 2" rose to the top of the South Korean box office on its opening weekend, attracting more than 1 million viewers, data showed Monday.

The American magic caper flick brought in 1,079,810 people to 1,200 screens across the country from July 15 to July 17, according to the computerized box-office figures from the Korean Film Council (KOFIC). This pushed up the film's total haul to 1.73 million since July 9.

The tally included about 300,000 people who bought tickets for the film's paid previews held on July 9 and July 10, days ahead of its official opening Wednesday.

"Now You See Me 2" is a sequel of the popular 2013 film focusing on a group of magicians called the Horsemen, who use magic and technology to steal from the rich to give back to the poor. In the sequel, the Horsemen meet a reclusive tech giant Walter Mabry, who wants to use them to steal a computer chip that is claimed to be the "key to every computer system on the planet."

In second place was "Train to Busan," one of this year's most anticipated Korean films.

The zombie action film sold 558,928 tickets for paid previews over the weekend before its official opening day on July 20.

Directed by Yeon Sang-ho, mostly known for his animated films, "Train to Busan" has received favorable reviews from film critics at home and abroad for its suspense, well-woven drama involving numerous characters and visual effects that are as good as those in Hollywood films.

Pixar's animated film "Finding Dory" slipped two slots to third, selling 525,133 tickets from Friday to Sunday. The sequel to the 2003 hit "Finding Nemo" has been seen by 1.7 million people since July 6.

The Korean comedy film "Seondal: The Man Who Sells the River" ranked No. 4 with 414,397 viewers, followed by the American horror-thriller "The Shallows" (158,367).

Based on an ancient novel about Kim Seondal, a genius conman from the Joseon Dynasty (1392-1910) who sold the River Daedong that flows through the heart of Pyongyang, the film tells the wild adventure of Kim and his team of swindlers trying to steal tobacco.

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