'Fast & Furious 9' helps bring theaters back to life
“Fast & Furious 9” has done well at the local box office since its release on Wednesday.
According to data from Korean Film Council, it was ranked No. 1 at the box office from Friday to Sunday, with over 620,000 tickets sold, bringing life to theaters that until recently were all but empty.
Total ticket sales have broken 1.1 million. It’s the first time a film hit that number in its first week of release since local noir “Deliver Us From Evil” did so last summer.
When it was released on Buddha’s Birthday on May 19, which is a national holiday in Korea, 400,000 tickets were sold, the highest number of daily tickets sold since the Covid-19 pandemic hit the country. It was the first foreign film to break 1 million in five days since the pandemic started.
It’s also the first time since the pandemic started that weekend box office sales exceeded 200,000. This year’s most popular film, a Disney and Pixar animated “Soul,” attracted 130,000 people to local theaters on its first weekend. “Fast & Furious” attracted more than 260,000 people to screens on its first weekend.
Animated film “Stand by Me Doraemon 2” and “Aloners” were top 10 over the weekend.
BY LEE JAE-LIM [email@example.com]