‘Skull’ cracks Korean box office

'Indiana' breaks opening day records

SEOUL — “Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull” swept the Korean box office grossing $7.8 million on 1,270,626 admissions over four days.

Opened on Thursday by distributor CJ Entertainment, “Crystal Skull” notched up Korea’s biggest opening day B.O. tally this year with 210,000 admissions on 681 screens.

After topping the chart last weekend, “Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian” slipped down to No.2 with 235,791 weekend admissions from 468 runs for a cume of $ 6 million to date.

At No.3, “Iron Man” was still strong on 345 screens, passing 4,000,000 ticket sales with $24.6 million gross in its fourth weekend.

The three Hollywood blockbusters occupied 90.8% market shares, with 66.6% going to “Crystal Skulls,” 14.3% to “Prince Caspian” and 9.9% to “Iron Man.”

“Speed Racer,” starring Korea’s Rain, stayed at No.7, grossing only $4.8 million from 786,341 admissions to date.

Meanwhile, local films have been slow at the B.O. for a few weeks.

The only local pic in the top 10 was “The Taming of the Shrew” at No.8, a gangster romantic comedy that was released on 147 screens and collected 11,126 admissions for distributor Lotte Entertainment.