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‘Logan' Tops South Korea Box Office While 'Bluebeard' Comes In Second

By March 8, 2017 at 7:40 am
"Logan" actors Hugh Jackman and Patrick Stewart (Photo : Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images)

"Logan" has premiered in South Korea last Wednesday. It opened on 849 screens and proceeded to top the country's box office. Over five days, it gained 8.12 million USD from 1.08 admissions.

This has been described as "the Wolverine saga's best opening" in South Korea. It beat the opening score of "Kingsman: The Secret Service," which previously held the record for the biggest non-Korean R-rated release.

Korean thriller, produced by Lotte, "Bluebeard" opened on the same day but unfortunately was overtaken by "Logan" for the top spot. It earned 6.54 million USD from 910,000 admissions between Wednesday and Sunday.

The "Bluebeard" movie is the story of a man who was forced to confront the secrets under the Han River when it melted and he found a body. Cho Jin-Woong portrays Seung Hoon, the main character, who is a doctor who opens his own clinic in Gangnam, Seoul but it failed so he finds a job as a contract doctor at a hospital on the outskirts of the city where mysterious events unfold.

Director Lee Soo-Yeon admitted that she got the idea for the psychological thriller from the fact that, every spring, dead bodies disposed of in the Han River float to the surface.

"Logan" has garnered a whopping $159 million for its debut from 81 overseas markets and had a launch of $240.8 billion. It scored $48.8 million in China as it crushed "The Lego Batman Movie."

It has also gotten the widest release ever for an R-rated title in North America. Sadly, though, this will be Hugh Jackman's last stint as the titular character.

"Jim [Mangold] and Hugh perfectly executed the movie they wanted to make," Chris Aronson, domestic distribution president for Fox, said. "It is a very personal and visceral story for the character, which contemplates mortality."

"Logan," tells the story of the adventure that Logan goes through when he encounters a mysterious young girl named Laura, portrayed by Dafne Keen, as he takes care of an ailing Professor X (Patrick Stewart). Laura is being followed by dark forces.

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