On June 12th CJ ENM released figures stating that over the five day period from its release on June 5th to June 9th "Parasite" sold 259,737 tickets in the French market. This places the film as the second highest performing one in France over that time period, second to 'Dark Phoenix', which sold a little less than twice that many tickets.
This is the strongest release for a South Korean film in the French market. "Parasite" narrowly beat out "Snowpiercer", another film from director Bong Joon-ho, which had an opening of 235,371 tickets. However, whether "Snowpiercer" truly qualifies as a Korean film is disputed, as the vast majority of the cast and dialog is in English.
The feat was also achieved even though "Parasite" had only 179 screens, compared to 597 for 'Dark Phoenix'. "Parasite"'s screen count has since expanded to over 300 based on strong positive reaction from the French market. All of this can likely be traced to "Parasite" winning the Palme d'Or at last month's Cannes Film Festival.
To date in the South Korean market "Parasite" recently passed 7.5 million admissions. It has passed "Sunny - 2010"'s record for the strongest box office performance for a domestic South Korean film released in May.
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.
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