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‘Parasite’ is set to sell 10M tickets

June 24,2019
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“Parasite,” the winner of the Palme d’Or at this year’s Cannes Film Festival, has surpassed nine million domestic ticket sales and is heading to 10 million, data showed Sunday.

The dark social satire by director Bong Joon-ho sold 9,000,284 tickets as of Sunday morning, 25 days after its release, according to the data from the Korean Film Council (Kofic).

The film surpassed the five-million threshold on its eighth day before hitting the eight-million mark on its 17th.

“Parasite” is currently ranked fourth at the box office and is headed to the 10-million-ticket milestone, a rare commercial achievement for an art film recognized at an international film festival like Cannes.

The film also set a new Korean cinematic record by having release rights sold to 202 foreign countries.

“Parasite” has been invited to three more international film festivals: the Munich International Film Festival, which begins this month in Germany; the Locarno Film Festival in August in Locarno, Switzerland; and the Lumiere Film Festival in October in Lyon, France. It won the top prize at the 2019 Sydney Film Festival in Sydney, Australia.

The film, a crossover between a comedy and thriller, deals with the economic class divisions between two Korean families.

Yonhap