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Korea Box Office: ‘Kingsman’ Is Biggest Non-Korean R-rated Release

SEOUL— In a strong second weekend, local adventure comedy “Detective K: Secret of the Lost Island” again topped the South Korea box office over the lunar new year’s holiday.

The period adventure sequel enjoyed a weekly gross of $15.7 million from 2.2 million admissions. It has earned a total $22.5 million from 3.1 million admissions since its release on Feb. 11. 

British spy comedy thriller “Kingsman: The Secret Service” remained in second place, earning $8.9 million from 719 screens during the 5-day lunar new year’s holiday alone. The Fox title has earned $17.5 million from 2.3 million admissions over its two weeks on release, becoming the biggest non-Korean R-rated release ever in the market, outplaying all the James Bond titles it is sending up.

Advanced ticket sales now suggest that “Kingsman” may move higher and take the top spot during the coming weekdays.

The strong performance of local family drama “Ode to My Father” continued during the holiday, where the long running film climbed up to third spot again. The film has earned $98.7 million from 14.1 million ticket sales, surpassing James Cameron’s “Avatar” to become the second most-watched film of all time in South Korea.

Following that, thriller “The Imitation Game” opened in fourth place on Tuesday. The biopic earned $4.9 million from 680,000 admissions in its first week.

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CJ Entertainment’s “C’est Si Bon” dropped to fifth place, managing $3.6 million from 500,000 tickets last week. It has earned a cumulative of $11.4 million from 1.6 million admissions since Feb. 5.

The bottom half of the top ten chart was occupied by five foreign animated films. Disney’s “Big Hero 6” in sixth place in its fifth week, earned $1.6 million from 220,000 admissions. It has sold a total of 2.7 million tickets and marked a cumulative gross of $19.1 million.

Opening last Wednesday, “The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge out of Water” landed in eighth, earning $1.3 million from 190,000 admissions over its opening five days.

Animated features “Stand by Me Doraemon,” “Legends of Oz: Dorothy’s Return” and the latest instalment in the “Detective Conan” franchise all of which opened Feb. 12, took the seventh, ninth and tenth spots respectively.

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