Korean Box Office: Smart Spoof Scores Over Sex, Oscars

SEOUL — “Kingsman: The Secret Service” remained in first place as foreign titles dominated the Korean box office over the weekend and comedy outperformed sexy themes.

Kingsman” accounted for 34% of the total box office between Friday and Sunday, earning $3.94 million from 510,000 admissions. Since release, the British spy thriller has earned $31.1 million from 4.19 million admissions.

CJ’s new title “Empire of Lust” debuted in second place. The sexy costume drama earned $2.38 million from 324,000 admissions in its opening four days. But by Sunday weakening admissions and a low occupancy rate pointed to a rapid decline and a maximum of 700,000 admissions.

“The Imitation Game” dropped to third place. The British biopic earned $2.17 million from 303,000 admissions last week, with a week-on-week drop of 36%. The film has earned $10.9 million from 1.55 million admissions over three weekends, according to KOBIS, the box office tracking service operated by the Korean Film Council.

Another local newcomer, “Granny’s Got Talent,” landed in fourth place in its first weekend. The comedy film starring veteran actress Kim Su-mi, released on March 5, earned $1.70 million from 232,000 admissions over the four opening days.

Best picture Oscar-winner “Birdman,” which stoked controversy among Korean media over its “kimchi” reference, opened in fifth spot. The Fox title earned an undistinguished $883,000 from 119,000 admissions in its opening four days and enjoyed an average occupancy rate of 21%.

In sixth spot, local period adventure “Detective K: Secret of the Lost Island” saw a week-on-week drop of 70% and a cume of $27.2 million after four weekends.

Newcomer “St. Vincent” opened in seventh place, earning $447,000 from 63,000 admissions over the first four days.

Japanese sci-fi thriller “Parasyte: Part 1” film managed $275,000 this weekend for a cumulative haul of $1.24 million since Feb. 26.

Soaring at the international box office, “Fifty Shades of Grey” dropped to ninth place in Korea, scoring only $259,000 from 33,000 admissions this weekend. The picture has earned only $2.48 million from 344,000 admissions after two weekends on release.

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