'Aladdin' Becomes Sleeper Hit, Drawing 8 Million Viewers

  • By Hwang Ji-yoon

    July 01, 2019 10:52

    Disney's musical fantasy film "Aladdin" continues to cast its spell over Korean moviegoers.

    According to the Korean Film Council, the film has drawn over 8 million viewers as of Sunday, some 39 days after its release here in late May.

    It now becomes one of ten most-viewed foreign films in Korea, surpassing "Transformers: Dark of the Moon," which drew some 7.78 million viewers in 2011.

    As the film has continued to attract moviegoers thanks to strong word of mouth, some movie theaters started to offer "sing-along" screenings, at which viewers are encouraged to sing along to the songs in the film as if attending a concert. There are also theaters where viewers can watch the film in 4D for an immersive viewing experience.

    Meanwhile, director Bong Joon-ho's "Parasite," which won the top honor at this year's Cannes Film Festival in May, is slowly closing in on the 10-milllion viewer mark while Disney's animated film "Toy Story 4" joined the race at the box office, drawing over 2 million viewers in less than two weeks since its release on June 21.

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