Korean disaster comedy film ‘Sinkhole’ sets new record – Reuters


A scene in ‘Sinkhole’ (top) and (bottom left) features Cha Seung-won, Kim Sung-kyun, Lee Kwang-soo and Nam Da-reum celebrating one million viewership (KOFIC/Showbox)

Disaster comedy “Sinkhole” has set a new record in South Korea by selling one million tickets in the shortest time among Korean films released this year.

“Sinkhole,” featuring Cha Seung-won, “Reply 1988” star Kim Sung-kyun, former “Running Man” star Lee Kwang-soo and Kim Hye-jun, had a total of 1,141,971 admissions on August 16, just six days after it opened on August 11, based on figures from the Korean Film Council (KOFIC).

This surpassed the record set by “Escape from Mogadishu”, which reached one million viewership on August 3, seven days after its July 28 release. The film, starring Kim Yoon-seok and Jo In-sung, registered 1,035,315 overall. entries during the day.

To mark the milestone, the “Sinkhole” stars have released commemorative photos to celebrate the making of the film.

As of August 17, in one week, “Sinkhole” has sold 1.22 million tickets and grossed $10.23 million in South Korea.

“Sinkhole” now ranks seventh among the highest-grossing films released in Korea this year and the eighth film this year to hit the one million viewership mark.

The film previously set an opening day record for a Korean film released this year. According to KOFIC, “Sinkhole” sold 147,304 tickets and grossed $1.17 million on its August 11 opening day, edging out “Escape from Mogadishu, which drew 126,672 people when it opened on July 28. .

“Sinkhole” ranked third in first-day attendance records among all films released in Korea this year behind “Fast & Furious 9” with 400,372 on May 19 and “Black Widow” with 196,233 on July 7.

“Sinkhole” tells the story of a villa in the Mapo district, which plunges 500 meters into a sinkhole. Dong-won (played by Kim Sung-hyun) and his family have a new home, and he’s invited guests over for a housewarming party. A giant sinkhole engulfs the house and those trapped must find a way out.


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