Comedy film 'Sinkhole' surpasses 1 million ticket sales

Comedy film 'Sinkhole' surpasses 1 million ticket sales

Disaster comedy film “Sinkhole” topped the weekend local box office. Courtesy of Showbox

By Lee Gyu-lee

Disaster comedy film “Sinkhole” has become the fastest Korean film to surpass 1 million ticket sales this year.

According to the film’s distributor Showbox, its total ticket sales recorded over 1 million as of Monday morning.

The film has been topping the box office for five consecutive days, Sunday, since it premiered in local theaters on Wednesday.

The blockbuster collected about 522,000 ticket sales over the weekend, grossing 5.27 billion won ($4.51 million). It had accumulated total sales of about 922,000 tickets, worth 9.1 billion won ($7.77 million), as of Sunday.

The film already set a record on its premiere day, scoring the new highest opening record of this year among Korean films ― about 147,000 ticket sales grossing 1.36 billion won ($1.16 million). The previous record was about 127,000 ticket sales by another blockbuster “Escape from Mogadishu.”

“Sinkhole” is directed by Kim Ji-hoon, known for the 2012 disaster film “Tower.” This time the film follows a group of people stuck inside a small apartment building that is swallowed by a giant sinkhole.

Dong-won (Kim Sung-kyun) is a hardworking patriarch who finally fulfills his dream of buying a home after 11 years. But his dream-come-true soon turns into a nightmare when his apartment building is falls into the ground upon which it stood. Along with his coworkers, including Kim Seung-hyun (Lee Kwang-Soo), and annoying neighbor Jung Man-soo (Cha Seung-won), the group struggles to survive while trapped 500 meters underground.

Comedy film 'Sinkhole' surpasses 1 million ticket sales

A scene from “Escape from Mogadishu” / Courtesy of Lotte Entertainment

With the debut of “Sinkhole,” “Escape from Mogadishu” slipped to the second spot on Wednesday but it is still going strong at the local box office.

The historical-based action thriller has surpassed the grossing of the latest Fast & Furious film “F9,” Sunday, becoming the new second-highest-grossing film released here this year, following Marvel Studios’ “Black Widow” grossing about 29.8 billion won ($25.5 million).

It has accumulated a total of 2.3 million ticket sales and grossed 22.3 billion won ($19.1 million) as of Sunday.

Directed by star filmmaker Ryoo Seung-wan, the film follows the true story of South and North Korean diplomats during the Somali Civil War in 1991.

When rioters take over the Somali capital city of Mogadishu, diplomats from the South ― played by Kim Yoon-seok and Zo In-sung ― come together with their antagonistic counterparts from the North ― played by Huh Joon-ho and Koo Kyo-hwan ― to make it out of the country alive.

Third and fourth on the weekend local box office chart went to Hollywood blockbusters ― “Free Guy” and “The Suicide Squad” respectively.

“Free Guy,” starring Ryan Reynolds, sold about 84,000 ticket sales over the weekend, grossing 872 million won ($746,000). Since it hit local theaters on Wednesday, the film accumulated a total of 157,000 sales grossing 1.6 billion won ($1.36 million).

DC Comics’ new film “The Suicide Squad,” which opened on Aug. 4, saw about 17,000 ticket sales grossing 333.8 million won ($286,000) over the weekend, bringing its total to about 382,000 sales grossing 4 billion won ($3.4 million).

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