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(LEAD) 'Beauty and the Beast' wins third weekend box office

All Headlines 17:48 April 03, 2017

(ATTN: UPDATES with 'Beauty and the Beast's audience record in fourth para)
By Shim Sun-ah

SEOUL, April 3 (Yonhap) -- Disney's "Beauty and the Beast" retained its South Korean weekend box-office crown, crossing 4 million in the number of tickets sold, data showed Monday.

According to the Korean Film Council, the smash hit drew 651,889 moviegoers in its third weekend of release from March 31-April 2.

It is a live-action version of the animated classic starring Emma Watson and Dan Stevens.

The count brought the film's cumulative total to 4.12 million as of 3 p.m. Monday, the highest record for all films that have ever opened in March in South Korea.

A promotional poster for "Beauty and the Beast" (Yonhap)

The runner-up was the Korean crime thriller "The Prison" with a solid 513,881 in attendance.

Starring Kim Rae-won and Han Suk-kyu, the film tells the story of prisoners who commit crimes in the outside world and return to their cells every night. It is the directorial debut of the veteran screenwriter Na Hyun of "Mokpo, Gangster's Paradise" (2004), "May 18" (2007), "Forever The Moment" (2008) and "South Bound" (2013).

"Ghost in the Shell," the Scarlett Johansson-starring adaptation of the popular Japanese manga, nabbed third place on the chart, picking up 392,305 views. The movie was released Wednesday.

The domestic crime-action film "One-Line," another newcomer, came in fourth with 197,240 in attendance.

The top five was rounded out by "Hidden Figures," an American drama about three female African-American NASA mathematicians during the space race of the 1960s. The film sold 78,590 tickets.

A promotional poster for "The Prison" (Yonhap)

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