|A scene from 'Your Name' / Courtesy of Megabox|
Japanese animated movie "Your Name" directed by renowned Japanese animator Makoto Shinkai dominated the local box office, topping this year's first weekend chart and attracting over 1 million viewers.
Statistics released by the Korean Film Council (KOFIC) showed that the animated film released on Jan. 4 topped the weekend box office, garnering 837,556 viewers at 947 screens across the country, between Jan. 6 and 8.
"Your Name" attracted over 1.18 million in just five days of its release.
It is the fifth movie to hit the 1 million audience mark in such a short period of time, after Hollywood animated movies "Kung Fu Panda" and "Frozen."
The previous Japanese record holder was "Howl's Moving Castle" which in 2004 surpassed the 1 million mark seven days after its release and attracted 3 million moviegoers.
"Your Name" is a Japanese romance-fantasy, which had also previously topped the box offices of China, Hong Kong, Thailand and Taiwan. It tells the story surrounding a Tokyo high school boy named Taki and a rural high school girl named Mitsuha, who one day switch bodies.
Animated movies recorded a strong performance at the first weekend box office of the new year. Scarlett Johansson's "Sing" ranked fourth attracting 183,357 viewers, while "The Snow Queen 3: Fire and Ice" followed with 170,476.
Meanwhile, the strong performance of "Your Name" has slowed ticket sales for Korean action film "Master," which has been leading the box office for the past two weeks.
"Master" came in second with 562,102 moviegoers followed by Hollywood sci-fi "Passengers" with 351,022. Korean comedy "Because I Love You" came in sixth, drawing 146,197 viewers, while "La La Land" followed with 119,671. The sci-fi action movie "Rogue One: A Star Wars Story" was ranked eighth, Korean disaster movie "Pandora" ninth, and Korean thriller "Misbehavior" was ranked 10th.