‘Kundo: Age of the Rampant’ Smashes Korean First Day Box Office Record

Kundo : Age of the Rampant
(C) Showbox

HONG KONG – Korean period action film “Kundo: Age of the Rampant” has broken the opening day box office record in South Korea.

Opening Wednesday (July 23) it scored 551,000 spectators worth KRW4.08 billion (US$3.997 million), dethroning “Transformers: Dark of the Moon,” the previous title holder.

Released by financier and distributor Showbox, “Kundo” played in 1,250 theatres – or about 63% of the country’s cinema screens – and scored a market share of 77% of all tickets sold.

That put “How To Train Your Dragon 2,” also opening Wednesday on 660 screens, into a distant second place, with 11% market share. Its 72,000 ticket sales translated into a first day gross of $570,000.

“Dawn of the Planet of the Apes” released 13 days previously (July 10) slipped to third, with its $381,000 lifting its two week cume to $24 million.

Directed by Yoon Jong-bin, is a Robin Hood-like tale of militia who turn against unjust nobility. It stars Ha Jung-woo, star of “The Yellow Sea,” and Gang Dong-won (“Woochi”).

“Kundo” is the first of four major period action movies set to splash into Korean theatres over the coming months, with others coming from rival distributors Lotte, CJ and N.E.W.

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  1. Roger Weston says:

    This looks interesting. I lived in South Korea and am wondering what time period this movie takes place in. Does anyone know?

    Korea has a fascinating history. I was inspired to write my novel The Golden Catch after touring the country and visiting several of its museums and cultural sites. I found the Three Kingdoms period especially intriguing.

    • It is set in 1859, Joseon dynasty.
      Same era as “Roaring Currents” which is released this week.

      • Roger Weston says:

        Wow. It looks like “Roaring Currents” broke the box office records as well. I wrote about admiral Yi Sun-sin in The Golden Catch. He was an amazing commander. Korea’s maritime history is rich and filled with little known tactics and even a surprising ship. I’m sure this is all in “Roaring Currents”. I’d sure like to see it. Will it be available on DVD in the US?

        I see that the next action flick that will be released is called The Pirates. It is nice to see actions movies doing well in Korea. I heard there is a fourth film coming out. Any ideas what that one is about?

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