‘Roaring Currents’ Obliterates Korean First Day Box Office Record

HONG KONG – Period action drama “Roaring Currents” has obliterated the Korean opening day box office record that was set only a week ago by “Kundo: Age of the Rampant.”

Opening midweek and handled by CJ Entertainment, “Roaring Currents” sold 682,882 tickets Wednesday for a box office take of KRW4.886 billion (US$4.77 million). The film opened on a massive 1,159 screens and claimed a 61.5% market share, according to the Korean Film Council’s box office service Kobis.

Exactly a week previously Showbox / Mediaplex claimed a new opening day record with “Kundo: Age of the Rampant,” which scored 551,000 spectators worth KRW4.08 billion (US$3.997 million), and dethroned “Transformers: Dark of the Moon” the previous title holder.

“Kundo” played in 1,250 theatres and finished its five day Wednesday to Sunday opening session with $23.7 million (KRW24.3 billion) from 3.10 million spectators.

According to Kobis, “Kundo” Wednesday slipped back into second place, playing on 807 screens, but claiming only a 15% share of the day’s box office. After eight days “Kundo” stands on a total of 3.82 million ticket sales and a gross of KRW29.6 billion (US$28.7 million).

“Roaring Currents” is directed by Kim Han-min, who previously had another huge hit in “War of the Arrows.” It stars Choi Min-sik (“Oldboy,” “Lucy”) and Ryu Seung-ryong (“War of the Arrows,” “Miracle in Cell No. 7”.)

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