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SEOUL — South Korean period-action film Kundo: Age of the Rampant had a record opening for 2014 at the local box office, bringing in more than $23.7 million in the first five days of its release.
This beat the year’s previous opening record set by Transformers: Age of Extinction, which had reached $22.4 million.
Kundo has so far had 3 million admissions as of Monday, reaching that milestone three days earlier than the latest Transformers film. South Korea uses admissions as its primary box-office measure.
Kundo also recorded the highest grossing opening day in Korean box-office history (550,000 admissions on Wednesday, July 23), beating the longstanding score of 544,000 admissions set by Michael Bay‘s Transformers: Dark of the Moon, in 2011.
Over the weekend, Kundo accounted for 61.5 percent of total tickets sold in the country, bringing in 2.11 million admissions.
The newly opened How to Train Your Dragon 2 came in second at $7.45 million, followed by Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, which has so far grossed $29.18 million in its South Korean run.
Local action title The Divine Move continued to perform strongly despite being rated R ($27.62 million so far) in the fourth spot, while Transformers 4 ranked in sixth place after Japanese horror flick JU-ON: The Beginning of the End.
Directed by Yoon Jong-bin and featuring a star-studded cast, including popular actor Ha Jung-woo, Kundo is about a group of Robin Hood-like bandits stealing from corrupt aristocrats to give to the poor during the Joseon Kingdom (1392-1910).
Distributed by Showbox/Mediaplex, the film made a successful market premiere at Cannes earlier this year and was presold to multiple territories across North America, Europe and Asia. Well Go USA will distribute the film in North America.
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