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Korea Box Office: ‘Kingsman’ and ‘Imitation Game’ Hotter Than ‘Fifty Shades’ or ‘Focus’

SEOUL – Foreign titles dominated the Korean box office this weekend, but it was older, British, titles that came out on top, not new releases “Fifty Shades of Grey” or Will Smith’s “Focus.”

Kingsman: The Secret Service” bounced up to first place after spending two weeks in second. It accounted for 31% of the box office in the post-holiday weekend, earning $7.56 million from 1.03 million admissions. Since release, the Fox title has earned $25.2 million from 3.38 million admissions. With a strong occupancy rate of 41% and advanced ticket sales of 20%, “Kingsman” is expected to continue for at least another week.

“The Imitation Game” bounced to second place, helped by its Academy Award-win. The British biopic earned $3.88 million from 561,000 admissions last week, with a week-on-week drop of 21%. The film has earned $8.83 million from 1.24 million admissions in two weeks, according to KOBIS, the box office tracking service operated by the Korean Film Council.

Previous chart-topper “Detective K: Secret of the Lost Island” slipped to third place. The period adventure sequel has managed $26.26 million from 3.68 million admissions after three weekends. 

Fifty Shades of Grey” debuted in fourth place earning $1.79 million from 247,000 admissions for its opening four days. The film does not seem to be stroking Korean audiences and by Sunday admissions were dropping 30%.

Opening on the same day as “Grey,” U.S. sci-fi thriller “Back to the Beginning” landed in fifth spot, earning $1.34 million from 197,000 admissions.

Warner Bros Korea’s “Focus” took seventh spot on the weekly chart, earning a meager $492,000 from 70,000 admissions. “Focus” is the weakest Korean opening for a Will Smith film since 2008’s “Seven Pounds.”

Splitting the newcomers was Japanese sci-fi thriller “Parasyte: Part 1.” The Yamazaki Takashi film earned $698,000 from 92,000 admissions in its opening 4 days

Long-legged local drama “Ode to My Father” slipped to eighth place. Released on Dec. 17, 2014, “Ode” has earned $105 million from 14.20 million admissions.

Two foreign animated features “The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge out of Water” and “Stand by Me Doraemon” took ninth and tenth spots respectively. “SpongeBob” has earned $2.03 million from in two weeks, while “Doraemon” has managed $3.05 million after three weekends.
 

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