‘Kingsman: The Secret Service’ finds explosive popularity in South Korea

March 19, 2015
A scene from Director Matthew Vaughn's "Kingsman: The Secret Service." (Yonhap)

A scene from Director Matthew Vaughn’s “Kingsman: The Secret Service.” (Yonhap)

“Kingsman: The Secret Service” has found explosive popularity in an unlikely South Korea.

Director Matthew Vaughn’s comedy spy flick drew 5 million moviegoers to theaters as of Thursday, threatening to topple the 5.07 million record held by the country’s own “The Chaser,” which was released in 2008, Yonhap reported.

Since its Feb. 11 release, “Kingsman” has not moved from the No. 1 spot in South Korea’s box office.

It broke the record for highest-grossing R-rated foreign pic for the first time in eight years last month when it surpassed “300.” “Kingsman” is now the only R-rated foreign film to have sold more than 3 million tickets in the country.

It has so far grossed more than $278 million worldwide as of Thursday and has accumulated more than $10 million more than any other foreign box office, according to Box Office Mojo.