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Topping box office upon release, 'Frozen 2' to continue winning streak

Art/Culture 10:33 November 22, 2019

SEOUL, Nov. 22 (Yonhap) -- Sensational Walt Disney animation "Frozen 2" immediately topped the box office on the first day of its release in South Korea, box-office data showed Friday.

"Frozen 2" sold 606,816 tickets on the first day of its release Thursday here, debuting atop the box office, according to data by the Korean Film Council.

On Thursday, the film was shown on 2,343 movie screens across the country and ran 12,998 times, according to the data. This marked 63 percent of all the shows screened that day.

The film is sure to dominate over the weekend as well, with some 1.22 million seats for "Frozen 2" having been reserved. This marks 91.7 percent of all the theater tickets reserved.

The dominating debut nudged down the Korean crime title "Black Money" to No. 2.

On Thursday, "Black Money" drew 69,731 moviegoers, about one-tenth the number for "Frozen 2."

As "Frozen 2" dominated local movie screens a day earlier, "Black Money" was allotted only 852 screens across the country, down from 1,141 the previous day.

Taking this as an unfair business practice, director Chung Ji-young of "Black Money" is planning to hold a press conference Friday to protest the film industry's monopolistic film distribution practice, which allows a few blockbuster titles to monopolize the majority of local screens.

This photo shows moviegoers in line to buy tickets at a local movie theater in Seoul on Nov. 21, 2019, the day Walt Disney animation "Frozen 2" hit local screens. (Yonhap)

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