South Korea Box Office: 'Interstellar' Stays on Top, Becomes Year's No. 3 Film
The film reigned on top for the fourth straight week, while 'Dumb and Dumber To' opened in the fifth spot
It appears the Interstellar craze in South Korea won't be dying out anytime soon, as the sci-fi picture topped the country's box office for the fourth consecutive week.
The Christopher Nolan film has garnered more than 8.3 million admissions as of Monday, according to the Korean Film Council's KOBIS database. Korea primarily uses admissions to measure box-office performance, and only 10 films have ever managed to reach 10 million admissions, or a fifth of the country's population of 50 million.
In financial terms, Interstellar has so far earned more than $58.59 million. This ranks the film fifth this year in Korea in terms of admissions and third in box-office revenue.
The popularity of the film in Korea has seen the emergence of ticket scalpers at key Seoul theaters and a rise in sales of related merchandise, such as space science- and physics-related books.
Korean action film Big Match, handled by Next Entertainment World (N.E.W.), debuted in second place with a cumulative box office of $3.83 million. The star-studded film features popular actors Lee Jung-jae (The Housemaid) and Shin Ha-kyun (Thirst), as well as K-pop star BoA.
Fury (Sony Pictures Releasing Walt Disney Studios Korea) and The Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 1 (Lotte Entertainment) dropped to the third and fourth places, respectively, after debuting in second and third last week. The two films have earned a total of $6.85 million and $5.10 million, respectively.
Dumb and Dumber To (Daou Tech) finished fifth in its opening week, raking in a cumulative $869,285 as of Monday.