After it's first seven days in the box office "The Bad Guys: Reign of Chaos has cracked the three million viewer mark, emerging as the clear winner of the Korean Thanksgiving weekend. Its current speed is comparable to "The Face Reader" and "The Fortress", the two histrorically highest performing movies on the Korean Thanksgiving weekend.
This offers little insight as to the long-term viability of "The Bad Guys: Reign of Chaos", since in the long run "The Face Reader" and "The Fortress" had very different fates. While "The Face Reader" achieved over nine million admissions, "The Fortress" couldn't even get over four million, as the movie was quickly eclipsed by the surprise hit "The Outlaws" which, like "The Bad Guys: Reign of Chaos" was an action crime thriller headlined by Ma Dong-seok.
The poker themed "Tazza: One Eyed Jack" has hit two million viewers, while "Cheer Up Mister Lee" has passed the one million viewer mark. All three of these films face tough competition from major foreign releases. As of this writing "The Bad Guys: Reign of Chaos" is the only one to continue to hold strong ratings in online reservations compared to the competition.
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.
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