Hayao Miyazaki’s “The Boy and the Heron” Tops Weekend Box Office in Seoul

SEOUL — The latest animated film by Japanese director Hayao Miyazaki, "The Boy and the Heron," debuted at the number one spot at the weekend box office, according to data released on Monday.

According to Yonhap News Agency, the Studio Ghibli production attracted approximately 598,000 viewers from Friday to Sunday, making up 60.5% of total ticket sales during the period. Since its release on Wednesday, the movie has dominated the local box office, with the cumulative number of attendees now reaching 947,000. The film is expected to surpass 1 million admissions on Monday.

The animation, based on the 1937 novel "How Do You Live?" by Genzaburo Yoshino, centers around an 11-year-old boy, Mahito Maki, who encounters a talking heron and is led into a fantastical world. Meanwhile, the Korean romantic comedy "Love Reset," which stars Kang Ha-neul and Jung So-min, moved to the second position after topping the box office for three consecutive weeks since its October 3rd release.

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