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[HanCinema's News] "Parasite" Boasts Commanding 568,107 Viewers after First Day at Box Office


Figures released by the Korean Film Council show that "Parasite" is doing extremely well at the South Korean box office in the wake of its Palme d'Or win at the Cannes Film Festival. "Parasite" has sold 568,107 tickets solely off of its opening Thursday.

This is not quite the best opening day figure for a film by director Bong Joon-ho. "Snowpiercer" in 2013 had an opening day figure of 601,029 admissions. However, "Snowpiercer" was a high budget sci-fi action film released during the summer season, while "Parasite" is a comparatively mundane low budget film that's far more reliant on good press.

"Parasite" is tracking a bit farther behind "A Taxi Driver", the best opening day release behind lead actor Song Kang-ho, which tallied 698,088 admissions. Like "Snowpiercer", "A Taxi Driver" was a major summer release back in 2017, albeit in the very different historical drama genre vein.

Written by William Schwartz


"Parasite" is directed by Bong Joon-ho, and features Song Kang-ho, Lee Sun-kyun, Cho Yeo-jeong, Choi Wooshik, Park So-dam, Jang Hye-jin. Release date in Korea: 2019/05/30.

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