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'Witch' rules box office over 'Detective'

All Headlines 09:43 July 02, 2018

By Shim Sun-ah

SEOUL, July 2 (Yonhap) -- Local supernatural thriller "The Witch: Part 1. The Subversion" debuted on top of the weekend box office, beating the Korean detective comedy "Accidental Detective 2: In Action," data showed Monday.

Opening on Wednesday, the Warner Bros. Korea release amassed 734,566 admissions from Friday to Sunday, according to box office figures from the Korean Film Council.

Starring new-face actress Kim Da-mi and directed by Park Hoon-jung, the movie tells the story of a girl who is raised by an old couple after losing her memory but regains her power and memory in the process of being chased by a mysterious group of people with supernatural powers.

A still from "The Witch: Part 1. The Subversion" (Yonhap)

"Accidental Detective 2: In Action" fell to second after ruling the box office for two weekends in a row.

The CJ Entertainment release sold 419,381 tickets over the weekend, for a total of 2.8 million admissions.

The sequel to the 2015 comedy-detective film "The Accidental Detective" revolves around the owner of a comic book rental shop and a legendary homicide detective who open a private detective's office and investigate commissioned cases together.

"The Witch" and "Accidental Detective 2" accounted for 63 percent of the total weekend box office.

Hollywood blockbuster "Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom" fell to third with 172,835 admissions in its fourth weekend in South Korea, bringing its cumulative total to 5.58 million.

"Ocean's 8," a Hollywood heist film starring Sandra Bullock, Cate Blanchett and Anne Hathaway, slipped to fourth from previous week's third place by drawing 101,245 cinemagoers.

Korean historical film "Herstory" opened in fifth place with 100,953 admissions.

Directed by Min Kyu-dong, the Next Entertainment World drama is based on a real-life reparation trial filed in the 1990s in Shimonoseki, Japan, by a group of 10 Korean women forced into sex slavery or labor for World War II Japanese soldiers.

The court trial that lasted six years produced a meaningful ruling that ordered the Japanese government to compensate the victims for the first time in history.

A still from "Herstory" (Yonhap)

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