South Korea’s theater biz soared in May thanks to local films and the beginning of the blockbuster season.
According to the Korean Film Council, theaters took an estimated $91.6 million at the box office — almost double April’s $50 million.
The uptick was led by “Iron Man 2,” which cumed $29.9 million in five weeks.
Among hit U.S. titles in May were “Robin Hood” “How to Train Your Dragon” and “Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time.”
Korean films took 39% of the market up 5.2 percentage points on April thanks to Cannes competition player “The Housemaid,” which grossed $14.5 million in three weeks, while helmer Lee Joon-ik’s “Blades of Blood” earned $9.36 million.
Meanwhile, CJ Entertainment’s historical sex dramedy “The Servant” topped the box office last weekend, grossing $5.9 million on 586 screens for its four-day run.
Written and helmed by Kim Dae-woo, pic scored $1.18 million on its first day, a record for the year so far.