Cannes Winner “Parasite” Surpasses 10 Million Viewers In Korean Box Office

Following the film’s historic win at the 72nd Cannes Film Festival, “Parasite” has reached a new milestone, surpassing 10 million domestic moviegoers!

According to the Korean Film Council, “Parasite” surpassed 10 million moviegoers on July 21 after recording 9,988,580 viewers up until the day before. The film premiered on May 30 and beat out movies like “Aladdin” at the box office. Although it lost its spot after a multitude of films came out afterwards, “Parasite” kept attracting new viewers. Film critic Yoon Sung Eun shared, “Director Bong Joon Ho is already someone with lots of ticket power, but his Palme d’Or win raised that rate even higher.”

“Parasite” is the 26th film ever to record over 10 million moviegoers in Korean box office history and only the fourth this year, following “Extreme Job,” “Avengers: End Game,” and “Aladdin.” This is director Bong Joon Ho’s second film to surpass this milestone after his 2006 film “The Host.” Among all Korean films that have won any award at the Cannes Film Festival, “Parasite” is the first to reach 10 million moviegoers.

“Parasite” tells the story of Gi Taek (Song Kang Ho) and his family, who are all unemployed. When his eldest son Ki Woo (Choi Woo Shik) begins tutoring the daughter of a rich man (Lee Sun Gyun), the two families on opposite ends of the wealth spectrum start to interact in unexpected ways.

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