After its first day at the South Korean box office the new horror film "Metamorphosis" has a slight lead over its bigger budget competitors with 97,416 viewers. This makes "Metamorphosis" the first domestic horror film to lead at the South Korean box office since "Gonjiam: Haunted Asylum" in 2018.
Its margin over the most recent entry in the American 'Fast and the Furious' franchise was razor thin, as the chief rival scored 96,392 admissions. "Jesters: The Game Changers" , a Joseon-era comedy that also opened on August 21st was in third place with 83,273 admissions. "Exit - Movie" is close behind it with 82,642 admissions.
Such high numbers from five completely different kinds of movies suggest an unpredictable box office fight over the weekend that will likely strongly hinge on how strong the word of mouth is for the newly opening movies. A historical drama depicting Benedict Cumberbatch as the American inventor Thomas Edison is also opening on August 22nd to decent intrigue from the domestic South Korean audience with whom Benedict Cumberbatch is popular.
Written by William Schwartz
Staff writer. Has been writing articles for HanCinema since 2012, having lived in South Korea since 2011. Started out in Gyeongju, then to Daegu, then to Ansan, then to Yeongju, then to Seoul, lived on the road for HanCinema's travel diaries series in the summer of 2016, and is currently settled in Anyang. Has good tips for utilizing South Korea's public bus system. William Schwartz can be contacted via firstname.lastname@example.org. He also has a substack at williamschwartz.substack.com where he discusses the South Korean film industry in broader terms and takes suggestions for future movies to review.
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