‘Sherlock’ beats ‘Star Wars’ at South Korean box office

'Abominable Bride' festive special attracted more viewers than 'The Force Awakens'

Despite breaking box office records worldwide, Star Wars: The Force Awakens recently attracted less cinema-goers in South Korea than the Sherlock festive special.

The 90 minute special of BBC One’s Sherlock: The Abominable Bride was released in cinemas in South Korea at New Year, debuting at Number Three in the country’s box office.

The special, which saw Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman travel back to the Victorian era for the episode, brought in $4.4 million, 16.4 per cent of the New Year weekend’s total box office revenue.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens, meanwhile, dropped two places to Number Four, with its market share also falling from 22.1 percent to nine per cent.

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Following the self-contained special, Sherlock will return to the present day for a new series of three episodes, which is due to start shooting in early 2016. The show’s co-creator Mark Gatiss has recently confirmed that he and Steven Moffat hope to continue the series for “for as long as we can”.

Elsewhere, Star Wars: The Force Awakens has overtaken Skyfall to become the highest grossing film of all-time in the UK after just over three weeks of release. It has made £103.2m to date.