[HanCinema's News] "Parasite" Boasts Commanding 568,107 Viewers after First Day at Box Office
By William Schwartz | Published on
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
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 email@example.com. 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.