BUSAN – Korean crime drama “The Chronicles of Evil” had an impressive opening and beat “Avengers: Age of Ultron” on Thursday. Amassing 34% of nationwide weekend gross, the newcomer earned $6.33 million from 853,000 admissions between Thursday and Sunday. “Evil” already exceeded director Baek Woon-hak’s previous feature “Tube,” which managed 468,000 admissions in 2003.
“Mad Max: Fury Road” also put up competitive numbers, earning $6.53 million from 796,000 admissions between Thursday and Sunday, for 36% of the total weekend box office revenue.
The newcomers’ strong performances pushed “Avengers” from top spot for the first time in twenty two days. Representing a week-on-week drop of 55%, “Avengers” earned $2.85 million from 385,000 admissions between Friday and Sunday and extended its total score to $78.1 million from 10 million admissions, becoming the first 2015 movie to do so.
Cannes Critics’ Week title “Coin Locker Girl” took fourth place, with a week-on-week drop of 75%. The local noir earned $541,000 from 69,000 admissions between Friday and Sunday and has earned $10.7 million in three weeks.
UPI’s Russian-U.S. thriller “Unfriended” took fifth place, earning $223,000 from 32,500 admissions between Friday and Sunday for a cumulative of $1.46 million after two weekends.