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.

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