“The Handmaiden” Sets Box Office Record In Its Opening Week
Renowned director Park Chan Wook is adding another honor to his extensive reputation, as his latest film “The Handmaiden” has set a new record in its opening week.
Over the course of its first week in theatres, “The Handmaiden” had over 1.8 million viewers, making it the rated-R film with the most opening week viewers in Korea. By comparison, the 2015 film “Inside Men,” which is currently the No. 1 rated-R film of the Korean box office, saw around 1.6 million viewers in its first week in theatres.
“The Handmaiden” also easily beat the previous record of most viewers of a rated-R film in its opening week of all time, which was set by “Deadpool” with 1.7 million viewers in its opening week.
Park Chan Wook’s most recent film is about a pickpocket who is hired by a con man to become the handmaiden of a Japanese heiress in a plot to seize her wealth. The film stars Kim Tae Ri, Kim Min Hee, Ha Jung Woo, and Jo Jin Woong.