‘F9’ sets South Korea’s opening day record since COVID-19
SEOUL, May 20 (Yonhap) – “F9”, the latest chapter in the “Fast and Furious” series, set the best opening day record at the domestic box office since the outbreak of the novel coronavirus, showed data Thursday.
The American action film drew more than 400,000 viewers when it debuted on Wednesday, the Buddha’s birthday party, according to the Korean Film Council (KOFIC).
It was the first time a film’s opening score has exceeded 400,000 in the country since the pandemic began early last year.
The Universal Pictures film broke the previous pandemic-era record of 353,000 viewers, set last summer by the South Korean zombie action “Peninsula”.
Before COVID-19 broke out, the local disaster film “Ashfall” drew 450,000 people on its first day of release just before Christmas in 2019.
The latest installment set an opening record for the two-decade “Fast and Furious” series in the country, breaking the previous record of 351,000 set by “Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw,” a spin-off of the franchise released in August 2019.
“F9” also broke a record for advance ticket reservations during the pandemic, selling more than 250,000 tickets as of 4 a.m. Wednesday, according to KOFIC data.
Directed by Justin Lin, the film centers around a retired street car racer (Vin Diesel) trying to protect the world from his brother (John Cena) along with his former team.