Although the superhero movie officially opened on Wednesday (Feb. 17), it started selling tickets from an unprecedented broad pre-opening on 150 screens during the previous weekend. That made “Deadpool” the biggest non-Korean R-rated release, beating “Kingsman: The Secret Service.”
Local crime comedy “A Violent Prosecutor” slipped to second in its third week. The Showbox release earned $2.93 million for a total of $58.5 million from 9.04 million admissions.
“Zootopia” debuted in third, making $2.6 million from 419,500 admissions between Wednesday and Sunday.
CJ Entertainment’s romantic comedy “Like for Likes,” about finding love online, landed in fourth, earning $3.04 million from 477,000 admissions.
Lee Joon-ik’s low-budget black and white period movie, “Dongju; The Portrait of a Poet,” opened in fifth. It earned $1.44 million between Wednesday and Sunday. The picture focuses on the life and work of Yun Dong Ju, Korea’s top poet from the Japanese colonial era.
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“Kung Fu Panda 3” dropped to sixth place, scoring $600,000 between Friday and Sunday for a total of $24.9 million after four weeks.
UPI’s “The Danish Girl” debuted in seventh, with a score of $351,000 over five days – and was director Tom Hooper’s lowest opening score in Korea.
Another Oscar nominee, “Carol,” slipped to eighth. It earned $126,000 between Friday and Sunday, extending its total to $1.88 million.