South Korea Box Office: 'Terminator: Genisys' Debuts on Top
The latest Schwarzenegger flick earned $11.14 million during its opening weekend in the Asian country.
Terminator: Genisys opened at No. 1 at the South Korean box office, earning about $11.14 million from July 3-5, according to the Korean Film Council's KOBIS database on Monday.
The latest installment in the Arnold Schwarzenegger franchise dominated 43.9 percent of the market share during this time frame. In terms of admissions, by which local industry observers measure a film's box-office performance, the actioner garnered an impressive 1.24 million. Distributed by Lotte Entertainment, Terminator: Genisys had long made headlines in Korea for starring one of its own, superstar Lee Byung-hun (The G.I. Joe films, Red 2).
The successful debut of the latest Terminator film has pushed last week's topper Northern Limit Line down to second. The local 3D battle film nevertheless remained strong as it took in 32.5 percent of the weekend revenue. Handled by Next Entertainment World (NEW), Northern looks back at the 2002 Battle of Yeonpyeong between North and South Korean patrol boats that resulted in casualties for both sides.
The film has grossed a cumulative $24.7 million and is slated to open in eight countries including the U.S. and Australia.
In third was the global megahit Jurassic World. The Universal Pictures International Korea title accounted for 11.5 percent of ticket sales and has cashed in a total of almost $39 million.
In fourth and fifth were two other local films inspired by real-life events: The Classified File, about a detective receiving help from a shaman to solve a missing child case, and Minority Opinion, about the conflict between the police and tenants being forced out of their homes due to redevelopment.
The former crime drama distributed by Showbox/Mediaplex took up 6.6 percent of the box-office revenue, adding to the cumulative gross of $18.4 million. The latter film by Cinema Service accounted for 1.2 percent of the share for total earnings of $2.27 million.