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Korea Box Office: ‘Fast and Furious 7’ Records Franchise-Best Opening

BUSAN — “Fast & Furious 7” enjoyed a huge debut in Korea. Earning $8.86 million from 1.17 million admissions over its opening five days, the UPI release saw the franchise-best opening in Korea.

“Fast & Furious 6” had an opening of $5.69 million in 2013, and earned $12.2 million from 1.79 million admissions during its theatrical run.

Screens showing “Furious 7” enjoyed an average occupancy of 42% on Saturday and Sunday, according to data from the Korean Film Council’s KOBIS service.

Local youth comedy “Twenty,” which debuted in the top spot on March 25, dropped to second place, with a week-on-week decline of 24%. The young star-studded title earned $4.7 million, extending its cume to $15.7 million from 2.2 million admissions.

After eight weekends in release, “Kingsman: The Secret Service” remained in third place, with a week-on-week drop of 44%. The Fox release earned $920,000 between Friday and Sunday. The British spy drama now stands with a cume of $44.7 million from 5.91 million admissions.

Oscar-winning music drama “Whiplash” took fourth, earning $870,000 between Friday and Sunday and extended its cumulative to $10.62 million after four weeks.

Disney’s “Cinderella” remained in fifth place, managing $419,000 between Friday and Sunday. Its cumulative haul is $4.78 million from 675,000 admissions after three weekends and the film is maintaining a high occupancy rate.

Sci-fi adventure sequel “Insurgent,” which opened in fourth place, dropped to sixth. With a steep week-on-week decline of 85%, it managed $163,000 from 22,000 admissions between Friday and Sunday. “Insurgent” has so far earned $1.93 million.

Newcomers, all opening on April 2, shared the minor places. American indie drama “Song One” opened in seventh, scoring $233,000 in its opening four days. Eighth was taken by Italian animated feature “Pet Pals in Windland (aka “Il Paese Del Vento”), which earned $137,000. Opening in ninth was R-rated “It Follows” with $188,000. Landing in tenth place, local baseball documentary “Wonders” earned $135,000.

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