Blockbusters, local pix bump up Korean B.O.

May's haul is almost double April's take

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.

More Film

  • 'Death of Stalin' Banned in Russia

    Russia Bans Dark Comedy 'The Death of Stalin'

    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. […]

  • BAFTA L.A. and N.Y. Elect New

    BAFTA L.A., N.Y. Announce New Chair, Board Members

    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. […]

  • Box Office: 'Maze Runner: Death Cure'

    Box Office: 'Maze Runner: The Death Cure' Races Toward $20 Million Opening

    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. […]

  • Oscars Nominations 2018: Genre Movies Like

    Genre Movies Get Their Moment in the Oscar Spotlight

    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. […]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content