South Korea Box Office: 'Furious 7' Races to the Top
The Hollywood actioner cashed in $9 million while local comedy 'Twenty' continues to perform strongly.
Furious 7 stormed the South Korean box office, hauling in 47.1 percent of weekend sales from April 3-5.
The final installment of the Paul Walker franchise has earned a cumulative total of about $9 million in the Asian country as of Monday, according to the Korean Film Council's KOBIS database. The local score trails not too far behind those of other territories included in the film's massive global debut, led by the U.K. ($19 million), Germany ($15.2 million), France ($11.4 million) and Australia ($11.2 million).
In terms of admissions, by which most Korean industry watchers usually measure a film's box-office performance, Furious 7 broke the 1-million mark in just five days since opening here on April 1. That gives the seventh installment of the Universal Pictures Korea release the fastest ticket-selling rate for the series. Fast 6 took three days longer to cross 1 million admissions.
Furious 7's stellar debut meant that it pushed local favorite Twenty into second place, but the comedy still brought in 31.8 percent of the revenue. The title, by Next Entertainment World (NEW), has earned about $15.75 million since opening on March 25. The star-studded film has been receiving positive reviews for bringing an unusually lighthearted touch to local youth dramas, which largely deal with the darker side of growing pains.
Kingsman: The Secret Service retained its grip on the No. 3 spot, though its market share has halved to 6.2 percent from last week's 12.9 percent. The British spy flick by Twentieth Century Fox Korean nevertheless is expected to cross 6 million admissions, a rare feat for an R-rated foreign film here. So far 5.91 million tickets have been sold, cashing in over $45 million.
Whiplash, which reigned over the box office briefly a couple weeks ago, came in fourth. The Showbox/Mediaplex title trailed close behind Kingsman, as it took 5.9 percent of the share. The Oscar-winning music drama has so far grossed $10.68 million since opening on March 12. Walt Disney Company Korea's Cinderella finished fifth to take 2.8 percent of the revenue. Its cumulative gross score comes to about $4.8 million.