South Korea Box Office: Local Film Stays on Top for Fourth Straight Week

Courtesy of Showbox/Mediaplex
'Inside Men'

Ron Howard's 'In the Heart of the Sea,' starring Chris Hemsworth, remained in the second spot.

Local film Inside Men ruled the South Korean box office for the fourth consecutive weekend for the Dec. 11-Dec. 13 period, accounting for 38.8 percent of the market. In the Heart of the Sea came in second, also maintaining its place from the previous week.

Distributed by Showbox/Mediaplex, Inside Men's market share has tapered off since it took as much as 55.4 percent two weeks ago. Nevertheless, the crime drama starring Terminator Genisys star Lee Byung-hun has earned a cume of $40.31 million.

In the Heart of the Sea, handled by Warner Bros. Korea, ranked No. 2 for the second weekend in a row as it took in 15.1 percent of the revenue, slightly down from the previous week's 17.6 percent. Ron Howard's maritime adventure story starring Chris Hemsworth has so far collected $5.19 million.

Three other films shared the remaining revenue, each taking in 7 percent-9 percent of the market.

Pororo 3: Cyber Space Adventure, featuring a beloved Korean cartoon penguin, debuted in third place. Accounting for 8.7 percent of ticket sales during its opening weekend, the homegrown animated film distributed by NEW grossed $1.02 million.

The opening of Pororo 3 pushed The Priests down one spot to the fourth position. The local mystery drama about a Catholic exorcism trailed close behind the animated film as it accounted for 8.1 percent of ticket sales. Total revenue for the CJ Entertainment title amounts to $35.46 million to date.

The U.K./France film Legend debuted in fifth place, taking 7.1 percent of the market share. Distributed by Isu C&E, the crime thriller starring Tom Hardy grossed $980,743 during its first week in theaters.