South Korea Box Office: Local Comedy 'Familyhood' Tops 'The Legend of Tarzan'

Familyhood –Still 1-Publicity–H 2016
Courtesy Showbox/Mediaplex

'Independence Day: Resurgence' and 'The Jungle Book' finish at fourth, fifth places respectively.

South Korean comedy Familyhood debuted atop the local box office over the July 1-3 weekend, while The Legend of Tarzan finished in second place. The release of new summer titles pushed Independence Day: Resurgence and The Jungle Book down to fourth and fifth places, respectively.

Distributed by Showbox/Mediaplex and directed by Kim Tae-gon, Familyhood scooped up 30.4 percent of the market share as it showed on 839 screens nationwide. The comedy stars South Korean sex symbol Kim Hye-soo in the role of an aging screen beauty who decides to become a single mother by striking a secret deal with a pregnant teen (Kim Hyeon-soo) after the older woman learns about her early onset of menopause. A rare female buddy film in local cinema, Familyhood has earned a total of $6.3 million during its first week in theaters according to the Korean Film Council's KOBIS database.

Warner Bros. tentpole The Legend of Tarzan debuted in second place as it garnered 19.8 percent of the market share over its first weekend for a local total of $4 million. The action-packed adventure film opened across 600 screens in South Korea.

Finishing at third was yet another new summer title, the local period actioner The Hunt, which took 13.8 percent of the market share for cume gross of $3.5 million as it opened on 690 screens. Handled by Lotte Entertainment, the film stars veteran actor Ahn Sung-ki opposite The Housemaid actor Cho Jin-woong in a cat-and-mouse game between huntsmen and miners following the discovery of gold in coal mine.

The release of new summer titles pushed Independence Day: Resurgence and The Jungle Book down three spots.

The Independence Day sequel finished at No. 4 to take 9.1 percent of the box-office share. The Fox film was offered on 508 screens, which was almost half of that of the previous week when it was shown across 926 screens. The apocalyptic actioner nevertheless earned an additional $1.8 million for a cume gross of $10.3 million.

The Jungle Book ranked fifth as it accounted for 8.1 percent of the market share, cashing in another $1.3 million to take its local cume to $18 million. The classic story from Disney was available on 588 screens — slightly more than Independence Day: Resurgence — which was a slight cut from the previous week's offering across 692 screens.