Korean Box Office: Wide Release ‘Minari’ Defeats ‘Raya and the Last Dragon’

A notable launch for “Minari” lifted the South Korea box office to its second highest weekend of 2021.

The Korean-language American-made drama performed 80% higher than the weekend’s other significant new release Disney’s “Raya and the Last Dragon.”Opening in first place, “Minari” clocked up $1.68 million over the weekend, according to data from the Korean Film Council’s Kobis box office tracking service.

That gave it a nearly 38% share of the national aggregate between Friday and Sunday.Capitalizing on local press interest, especially for veteran actor Youn Yuh-jung, Korean distributor Pancinema had the Lee Isaac Chung-directed film play on 1,162 screens.

It will hope to hold the wide release through anticipated awards nomination success in the U.S.

over the upcoming two weeks.Korea is the third international territory to release “Minari.” In Australia and New Zealand it remains in limited release, with a cumulative close to $1 million, and will

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