July 22, 2019 11:10
Director Bong Joon-ho's latest film "Parasite" has topped the 10-million viewer mark, perhaps later than expected given the huge hype created for the film, which won the Palme d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival in May.
According to the Korean Film Council on Monday, the film drew 33,080 moviegoers over the weekend to reach the milestone nearly two months after its release on May 30.
It is the 19th domestic film to draw more than 10 million viewers and 26th among all films screened in Korea.
"Parasite" is Bong's second work to achieve the feat following "The Host," which attracted over 13 million viewers in 2006.
Actor Song Kang-ho, who starred in both films, now has four works to reach the milestone. The others are "The Attorney" in 2013 with 11.4 million tickets sold and "A Taxi Driver" in 2018 with 12.2 million viewers.
Other films that have reached the milestone so far this year are Lee Byoung-heon's comedy "Extreme Job," Marvel's superhero blockbuster "Avengers: Endgame," and Disney's remake of the 1992 animated film "Aladdin."
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