BTS’s latest tour doc opens Weds.As K-pop sensation BTS is returning to the silver screen with its documentary film “Bring The Soul: The Movie,” people are waiting to see whether the boy band can join other local movies to break the months-long Disney dominance at the local box office.
“Bring The Soul” is the group’s third behind-the-scenes documentary, this time about their “Love Yourself” world tour, which was aimed at promoting their “Love Yourself” album series.
The septet’s third worldwide concert tour began last August in Korea and continued in 13 countries, including the United States, Britain, France, Germany and Japan.
The tour’s first concert, which took place at Seoul Olympic Stadium in Seoul on Aug. 26, was reproduced as a cinema version titled “Love Yourself in Seoul,” and was released in January. It attracted roughly 342,000 fans in Korea.
Its sequel features the following day of its final European concert in Paris. BTS members talk about their own feelings and experiences that they had during the months-long travel to perform in front of tens of thousands of fans across the world.
According to data from the Korean Film Council (Kofic), “Bring The Soul,” scheduled to premiere Wednesday, has sold more than 164,000 presale tickets as of 12:05 p.m.
It took up 35.5 percent of presales on the day, outnumbering the Korean action comedy film, “Exit,” with 20 percent and historical blockbuster “The Battle: Roar to Victory,” to be released Wednesday, with 15.1 percent.
Critics expect the BTS movie to be a potential game changer in the Korean box office where Disney-made movies have carried the day for months.
“BTS has a great fan base, and they buy many movie tickets like they do for albums,” culture critic Ha Jae-geun said. “Its fans are big enough to make a storm in the first stage.”
In August, Korean blockbusters made a rebound and successfully caught the heart of film buffs and casual movie fans as “Exit” and the action horror “The Divine Fury” topped the movie chart over the weekend.
It is the first time that a Korean movie has finished first at the weekend box office since June 6-8, when “Parasite” topped it for two weeks in a row.