“Peninsula” is off to a strong start at the box office!

On July 15, Kang Dong Won and Lee Jung Hyun’s new blockbuster “Peninsula”—the highly-anticipated sequel to the hit zombie film “Train to Busan“—finally hit theaters. The next morning, the Korean Film Council announced that “Peninsula” had recorded a total of 352,930 moviegoers on the first day of its release, easily taking first place at the box office.

The new figure marks the highest number of first-day moviegoers achieved by any film since South Korea raised its COVID-19 threat alert level to “severe” in February, effectively shutting down the movie theater industry for months. The previous record was held by another zombie film, Park Shin Hye and Yoo Ah In‘s “#ALIVE,” which drew a total of 204,071 moviegoers on its first day in theaters last month.

In response to the news that “Peninsula” had set a new post-COVID-19 record, producer Lee Dong Ha commented, “Director Yeon Sang Ho and I said to one another, ‘We released the movie at a difficult time, so this is a meaningful achievement.’ We also said, ‘Let’s keep an eye on how it does long-term.’”

Congratulations to the cast and crew of “Peninsula”!

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