Korean Movies Challenge 'Avatar' Sequel at Box Office

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    January 20, 2023 12:00

    Korean films are finally challenging Hollywood blockbuster "Avatar: The Way of Water" at the box office as the Lunar New Year holiday approaches.
    The computer-generated imagery spectacular has ruled supreme for over a month, but according to the Korean Film Council on Thursday, action film "The Point Men" and spy caper "Phantom" drew 104,800 and 41,500 moviegoers on their opening day Wednesday to rank first and second.  
    The sequel to James Cameron's 2009 film fell to fourth place with 26,254 behind animated feature "The First Slam Dunk" with 37,714. 
    Since it opened on Dec. 14, no Korean movies had been able to challenge the moist juggernaut, which has sold more than 9 million tickets so far. The musical "Hero" and comedy "Switch" opened amid a lot of hype but they failed to live up to it.  
    But then came "The Point Men," which stars Hyun Bin and Hwang Jung-min and portrays the real life exploits of a Korean diplomat and secret agent in the rescue of missionaries kidnapped by the Taliban in Afghanistan in 2007. 
    "Phantom," a spy thriller involving Korean freedom fighters during the Japanese occupation, also captured the hearts of moviegoers with its solid plot and suspenseful storyline. 
    It remains to be seen if other homegrown films can build on their momentum.  
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