South Korea Box Office: 'Furious 7' Takes Pole Position for Third Straight Week
The Hollywood actioner has so far earned over $21.3 million, while 'The Gunman' debuted in fourth.
Furious 7 continued to sell tickets at a speedy rate in South Korea, topping local charts for the third consecutive week by accounting for 41.3 percent of the market share from April 17-19.
The global box-office hit, which became the No. 7 title of all time with $1.15 billion this weekend, has so far earned over $21.3 million in the Asian country alone, according to Universal. In terms of admissions, by which local industry observers normally measure a film's box-office performance, Furious 7 has sold almost 2.9 million tickets, according to the Korean Film Council's KOBIS database.
Homegrown Salut d'Amour, which debuted in third place last week, climbed up to second as it took 21.1 percent of the weekend revenue. Unlike most mainstream romances, the CJ Entertainment title features an elderly couple falling in love. Veteran actor Park Geun-hyung, who has become popular across a more diverse demographic through Grandpas Over Flowers (the reality show is getting a remake by NBC), plays the title role. The film has earned about $5.6 million.
Local comedy Twenty fell down to third after holding the second spot for two straight weeks. It took 21.1 percent of the market share. Distributed by Next Entertainment World (NEW), the star-studded film trails not too far behind Furious 7 in terms of gross total, which amounts to about $21.3 million. It is nearing 3 million admissions, which has been the castmembers' target score.
The Gunman, starring Sean Penn, debuted in fourth. Handled by Lotte Entertainment, the action film accounted for 5.3 percent of tickets sold over the weekend.
Kingsman: The Secret Agent finished fifth. The Twentieth Century Fox Korea film has ranked among the top five films for the past 10 weeks since opening here on Feb. 11. In April it broke 6 million admissions, which is a notable record for foreign films in Korea, especially R-rated ones. It has earned a cumulative gross of about $46.3 million.