May 21, 2021 13:02
"F9," the ninth installment of the "Fast & Furious" franchise, attracted more than 400,000 viewers here on its opening day, a first since the coronavirus epidemic emptied cinemas.
The Hollywood action blockbuster sold 400,308 tickets on Wednesday, Buddha's Birthday, according to the Korean Film Council on Thursday. After a long delay, it premiered here and is to be released in the U.S. next month.
"Although there are concerns over coronavirus infections, which means leaving spaces between seats, the film will surpass 1 million moviegoers by this weekend, considering advance ticket sales," said Cho Sung-jin at CGV, the country's biggest multiplex chain.
"It is a good sign for movie theaters that have been devastated by the epidemic for more than a year," said a staffer with a major distributor. "I hope the trend lasts until Marvel Studios' superhero movie 'Black Widow' is released in July."
A couple of Korean blockbusters like Yoon Je-kyoon's historical "Hero" and Ryoo Seung-wan's action film "Mogadishu" are also slated for release, but whether they will hit theaters in time for the summer peak season remains to be seen.
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