South Korea Box Office: 'Mad Max' Stays on Top for Second Week
'Avengers: Age of Ultron' slipped to fifth but has become the second-most-watched foreign film of all time.
Mad Max: Fury Road topped the South Korean box office for the second week from May 22-24, with the long holiday weekend boosting admissions.
The Warner Bros. Korea film took 30.1 percent of the weekend revenue. The market share went slightly down from last week's 36.1 percent, but the disaster film topped other titles in terms of admissions. (Korean film observers usually count box office in terms of admissions.)
The George Miller film has earned over $17 million as of Tuesday, according to the Korean Film Council's KOBIS database.
Spy, starring Melissa McCarthy, Jude Law and Jason Statham, meanwhile, rocketed up 11 spots from last week to take second place. The actioner, handled by 20th Century Fox Korea, accounted for 22.7 percent of the weekend sales and has grossed a total of over $6.6 million.
Following in third was the domestic flick Chronicles of Evil. The CJ Entertainment title stars actor Son Hyun-joo as a detective who accidently commits murder and expertly covers up the evidence, only to be forced to be in charge of the case when the body shows up again elsewhere. The crime thriller, which debuted in first place last week in terms of admissions, so far has garnered $12.8 million. It accounted for 16.8 percent of the sales.
In fourth place was another homespun film, the erotic costume drama The Treacherous. Distributed by Lotte Entertainment, The Treacherous chronicles the true story of the 16th century tyrant Yeonsan, who was overthrown for such depravities as seizing thousands of maidens from across the country for his own sexual pleasure. The film trailed close behind Chronicles of Evil, taking 16.4 percent of the weekend revenue, and has earned a cumulative $4.53 million during its first week in theaters.
Avengers: Age of Ultron fell two places to fifth, grabbing 7 percent of the market share. On Monday, however, it became the second-most-watched foreign film of all time. More than 10.38 million Koreans have seen the film, which now only trails behind Avatar's admissions score of 13.3 million. The Marvel film has earned almost $80 million total.