On its first day at the South Korean box office "The Divine Fury" earned 380,166 admissions. This extremely strong opening puts it above the already impressive 308,298 admissions set by Park Seo-joon's previous blockbuster, "Midnight Runners", which went on to earn over five million admissions at the South Korean box office.
In spite of this apparent success "The Divine Fury" is trailing significantly behind "Exit - Movie" in terms of overall ticket sales. However, at present it seems more likely that this is more a function of "Exit - Movie" being exceptionally popular than it is a matter of audiences finding fault with "The Divine Fury". Social media comments for both movies have been extremely positive.
Even though the two films are competing against each other, both are arising in a fairly stagnant marketplace that has been led by imported foreign movies since "Parasite" lost the pole position back in June. More major domestic releases are coming in August as well.
Written by William Schwartz
Staff writer. Has been writing articles for HanCinema since 2012, having lived in South Korea since 2011. Started out in Gyeongju, then to Daegu, then to Ansan, then to Yeongju, then to Seoul, lived on the road for HanCinema's travel diaries series in the summer of 2016, and is currently settled in Anyang. Has good tips for utilizing South Korea's public bus system. William Schwartz can be contacted via firstname.lastname@example.org.
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