'Edge of Tomorrow' Tops South Korean Box Office for Second Week

10:16 PM PST 06/16/2014 by Lee Hyo-won
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"Edge of Tomorrow"

The Tom Cruise franchise earned $25.65 million amid rare market domination by Hollywood imports, while local action film "A Hard Day" continues to perform strongly.

SEOUL — Edge of Tomorrow topped the South Korean box office for the second consecutive week, grossing a total of $25.65 million with more than  3.11 admissions as of Tuesday through 3D, 4DX 3D and IMAX screenings. Local actioner A Hard Day followed suit, as it is enjoying successful international sales and may get a U.S. remake.

Films starring Tom Cruise have generally been very successful here. The actor's popularity has earned him the nickname "Kind Uncle Tom" and honorary citizenship in the Korean city of Busan.

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Edge of Tomorrow was followed by A Hard Day, a critically acclaimed local action film that was invited to Cannes Directors' Fortnight. The film's box office success has steadily gained momentum as positive reviews spread through various SNS channels. It has also been sold to more than 30 countries across North America, Europe and Asia. Showbox/Mediaplex is currently discussing the possibility of foreign remakes, as there have been many offers from overseas markets, including the U.S.

Its strong box office performance ($16.7 million, 2.16 million admissions) is especially notable as the film faced tough competition from glitzier Korean films with bigger stars, including No Tears for the Dead and High Heel. The two noir actioners came in sixth and seventh, respectively, as newly released For the Emperor, another dark Korean gangster drama, took third place.

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X-Men: Days of Future Past ranked in fourth place after being among the top three in the box office for the three previous weeks. It has so far cashed in $33 million (4.17 million admissions). Maleficent came in fifth ($9.8 million, 1.29 million admissions).

Hollywood imports are enjoying a greater share of the Korean market, a rare feat here, at 62.5 percent during the month of June so far, with Korean films at 33.8 percent. So far this year the share for U.S. and Korean films has been 50.3 percent and 44.7 percent, respectively. Last year, American titles accounted for 35.5 percent of the local market, while homegrown films dominated at 59.7 percent.

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