Fifty three days after its initial theatrical release "Parasite" has achieved ten million admissions at the box office. This puts "Parasite" in an elite class of South Korean box office hits, even though the film was designed as an art house project rather than a blockbuster.
"Parasite" is the fourth film to break the mark at the Korean box office this year. The first was "Extreme Job" back in January. The second was the latest Avengers film from Disney while the third was Disney's Aladdin remake, which premiered only a week before "Parasite".
Both Aladdin and "Parasite" had to rely on long term word-of-mouth to pass the ten million mark. Whether "Parasite" would manage to hit the ten million mark was a major source of speculation, as its admissions had mostly flatlined shortly after it broke nine million. A brief burst of reservations after winning four prizes at the Chunsa Film Festival were enough to get it over the top.
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.
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