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‘Captain America’ tops box office

Apr 15,2014
“Captain America: The Winter Soldier” was top in Korea last weekend. [AP/NEWSIS]
SEOUL, NEW YORK - Marvel’s red-white-and-blue superhero soared to a third-straight box office win in Korea with “Captain America: The Winter Soldier,” beating out local thriller “Broken,” a film based on the best-selling novel by Japanese author Keigo Higashino.

According to the Korean Film Council, “Captain America” garnered 470,775 admissions from Friday to Sunday and has now passed three million viewers in total. Since its release on March 26, it has earned 26.5 billion won, or $25.5 million.

It also topped the North American box office, earning $41.4 million in ticket sales.

“Broken,” featuring accomplished actors like Jung Jae-young and Lee Sung-min, debuted strongly in No. 2 with 383,329 admissions on 592 screens nationwide. Director Lee Jung-ho depicts a father’s quest for revenge after the death of his teenage daughter, who was discovered dead in a deserted bathhouse.

In third came the Hollywood film “The Legend of Hercules” with 130,509 admissions. Set in Greece in 1200 B.C., the demi-god Hercules struggles to restore peace to Greece. In four days since its release, the film won 158,454 admissions.

After “Noah” swept cinemas earlier this month, another biblical film debuted in Korea. “Son of God” opened in No. 4, with 104,664 admissions from 418 screens. In fifth was the new Korean thriller “Gasi,” or “Thorn.” The film, featuring an affair between a high school teacher and his pupil, gained 71,103 admissions.

Wes Anderson’s arthouse film “The Grand Budapest Hotel” slipped to No. 6 with 67,391 admissions. Thanks to media attention and positive viewer feedback, the film has achieved 539,105 admissions as of Sunday, the best showing ever for any arthouse movie in Korea, passing Woody Allen’s 2011 film “Midnight in Paris,” which had 359,019 admissions. In No. 7 was the animated feature “Minuscule: Valley of the Lost Ants,” followed closely by “3 Days to Kill” in eighth.

“Lone Survivor” and the Japanese animation “Crayon Shin-chan: Very Tasty! B-class Gourmet Survival!!” were neck and neck for ninth and 10th, with 25,666 admissions and 25,448 admissions respectively.

Over in the North American market, “Captain America” may have won the weekend, but the animated film “Rio 2” also did well.

“Rio 2,” the 20th Century Fox follow-up to the 2011 hit “Rio,” debuted with $39 million in ticket sales, according to estimates from tracking firm Rentrak. It is the story of a vibrantly colored family of rare macaw birds in Brazil. Jesse Eisenberg and Anne Hathaway provide voices for the avian parents who take their family to the Amazon in search of a possible colony of their critically endangered brothers and sisters.

Global sales for the film, which cost $103 million to make, reached $164 million through Sunday, according to Fox.

“Oculus,” distributed by Relativity Media, stars British actress Karen Gillan as a young woman who is convinced an ornate mirror in her home is haunted. Like Blum’s other horror hits, it cost less than $5 million to make.

Football drama “Draft Day” earned the No. 4 slot, grossing $9.75 million. The movie stars Kevin Costner as fictional Cleveland Browns general manager Sonny Weaver Jr., who races the clock to maneuver for the best players while dealing with upheaval in his personal life. Several scenes were filmed during last year’s real-life NFL draft.

Rounding out the top five, the dystopian action film “Divergent” pulled in $7.5 million. Its worldwide grosses have reached $175 million.

By KIM HEE-EUN, Reuters [estyle@joongang.co.kr]





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