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'Fantastic Beasts,' 'My Annoying Brother' rivals for top in weekend box office

All Headlines 10:52 November 28, 2016

By Chung Joo-won

SEOUL, Nov. 28 (Yonhap) -- Harry Potter spinoff film "Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them" and homegrown drama "My Annoying Brother" waged a fierce competition in the weekend box office here, data showed Monday.

According to real-time box office figures from the Korean Film Council, the Warner Bros.' fantasy adventure film retained its top spot in the chart, selling over 720,000 tickets over the weekend. The 132-minute film has grossed about 3.4 million viewers since its local premiere on Nov. 16.

Based on a screenplay by J.K. Rowling, "Fantastic Beasts" follows Newt Scamander, a British magical zoologist, who joins a secretive group of wizards and witches in 1920s New York in search of fantastic beasts.

The official promotional poster of the movie "Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them" (Yonhap)

"My Annoying Brother," set out a week after its rival, rose to the No. 2 spot in the weekend box office. The comedy-drama family film drew 640,000 viewers over the weekend. The 110-minute film's cumulative attendance figure surpassed 1 million in five days since its Wednesday premiere.

Starring actor Cho Jung-seok and singer-actor Doh Kyung-soo, better known as D.O. of K-pop boy band EXO, the film depicts a moving story about two hostile half-brothers that become a loving family. Cho plays a fraudulent young man who bails himself out by claiming himself as the only family member of his half-brother, played by D.O., a national judoka who loses his sight and dreams in an accident.

This photo provided by CJ Entertainment shows Doh Kyung-soo (L) and Cho Jung-seok in a scene from "My Annoying Brother." (Yonhap)

Overall, "Fantastic Beasts" beat "My Annoying Brother" in cumulative viewership. In ticket booking rate, on the other hand, the South Korean film scored 20.1 percent compared to the fantasy film's 17.3 percent.

The two films together took up some 82 percent of weekend ticket sales, dwarfing the rest of the box office films. Hollywood fantasy adventure film "Doctor Strange," German animated film "The Little Medic: Secret Mission of the Bodynauts" and Korean drama fantasy "Vanishing Time: A Boy Who Returned" rounded out the top five.

jwc@yna.co.kr
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