SEOUL, Jun. 21 (Korea Bizwire) – “The Jungle Book,” an American film, topped the South Korean box office for the second straight weekend, data showed Monday.
Disney’s adventure drama amassed 619,178 viewers on June 17-19, bringing its domestic total to 1.7 million, according to computerized box office figures from the Korean Film Council.’
Based on British author Rudyard Kipling’s timeless namesake story, the film received strong reviews for creating more than 70 sorts of animals and jungle creatures in CGI with a production cost of US$175 million.
The Korean crime drama “Proof of Innocence” raced to No. 2 with 429,488 viewers, even though it was out just a day before the start of the weekend.
The film is about a policeman-turned-manager of a lawyer’s office delving into a hidden crime by a conglomerate’s owning family after receiving a letter from a death-row inmate.
“The Conjuring 2,” the sequel to the internationally successful supernatural horror film “The Conjuring,” climbed a notch to third place, drawing 420,148 people.’
Director Park Chan-wook’s erotic thriller “The Handmaiden” fell to the fourth place, seen by 284,685 people on its third week of run.
But the film recorded 3.71 million in the accumulated number of viewers, the highest for all X-rated films directed by Park. The previous record was 3.65 million set by his 2005 thriller “Sympathy For Lady Vengeance.”
Of all Park films, “The Handmaiden” became the second most-viewed next to “Joint Security Area” (2000).
At No. 5 was “Warcraft: The Beginning,” adapted from the video game of the same name, which attracted 193,593 viewers.
The American fantasy film depicts a war between humans and a tribe of giant orcs from the video game series.