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Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2 and local comedy The Sheriff in Town duked it out at the South Korean box office over the weekend, which included the Buddha’s Day and Children’s Day public holidays.
Guardians came out on top, earning ₩14.9 billion (US$13.1 million) from 1.72 million admissions over its first five days on release. Its five-day total already surpasses the total admissions of its predecessor, which earned ₩11.4 billion (US$10 million) from 1.34 million admissions in the summer of 2014. However, that film did not open on a public holiday weekend.
Guardians 2 also opened lower than Doctor Strange, which opened with ₩20.6 billion (US$18.2 million) from 2.4 million admissions over five days for a total of ₩47.5 billion (US$41.8 million) from 5.45 million admissions.
The Avengers: Age of Ultron remains the highest-grossing Marvel film in South Korea, earning ₩88.6 billion (US$78 million) from 10.5 million admissions.
Lotte Entertainment’s The Sheriff in Town (보안관) opened in second place, earning ₩10.3 billion (US$9.08 million) from 1.26 million admissions over five days. The comedy, which actually beat Guardians in terms of admissions on Saturday and Sunday, marks Lotte’s best opening weekend this year.
The directorial debut of Kim Hyung-joo stars Lee Sung-min as a former Seoul detective who suspects that a successful businessman who recently moved into his Busan neighborhood is a drug trafficker.
Dreamworks Animation’s The Boss Baby opened in third place, earning ₩9.30 billion (US$8.2 million) from 1.21 million admissions over its first five days on release. It has already surpassed the total gross of Dreamworks’ Trolls, which earned ₩5.01 billion (US$4.42 million) from 676,000 admissions in February.
Opening on 63 screens, The Dardenne Brothers’ The Unknown Girl opened with ₩97.9 million (US$86,400) from 11,900 admissions over five days.
Last weekend’s top film The Mayor (특별시민) dropped to sixth place, earning ₩741 million (US$653,000) from 89,900 admissions between Friday and Sunday, representing an astonishing week-on-week drop of 85.1%. The Showbox release has made ₩10.3 billion (US$9.08 million) from 1.33 million admissions after two weekend.
Period comedy The King’s Case Note (임금님의 사건수첩) performed slightly better in its second weekend, earning ₩2.41 billion (US$2.12 million) from 295,000 admissions between Friday and Sunday. The CJ E&M release has earned ₩11.6 billion (US$10.2 million) from 1.49 million admissions after two weekends.
The Fate of the Furious has earned ₩29.5 billion (US$26 million) from 3.59 million admissions after four weekends, surpassing the total gross of Fate & Furious 7.
Alien: Covenant and A Silent Voice (聲の形) open on Tuesday, a public holiday in South Korea for the presidential election.