South Korean action thriller film “Escape from Mogadishu” released on July 28, 2021, has topped the home country’s weekend box office since the first week of its release.
According to data from the Korean Film Council, the high-budget movie directed by renowned Ryoo Seung-wan, of ‘Battleship Field’ fame sold over 561,000 tickets over the Friday-Sunday period. Thus bringing its combined total to over 788,000 since its release last Wednesday.
About “Escape from Mogadishu”
The movie stars popular actors Kim Yoon-seok, Jo In-sung, Heo Joon-ho, and Kim So-jin. The plot is set in the capital city of Somalia during the civil war in 1991 and is based on a true story of the life-and-death escape by diplomats in South and North Korean missions.
Over the weekend, due to the strong performance of “Escape from Mogadishu” the total number of theater visitors rose by over 25 percent from the previous week to 1 million.
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Other hit movies in South Korean box office
While DreamWorks Animation’s “The Boss Baby: Family Business” came in No. 2, garnering 138,000 moviegoers.
Other movies, American adventure flick “Jungle Cruise” came in No. 3, followed by Marvel Studios’ “Black Widow” and South Korean horror film “The Cursed: Dead Man’s Prey.”
As the South Korean government has placed greater Seoul under the strictest Level 4 social distancing measures on July 12, the weekend box office had suffered about a 20 percent loss of visitors for two consecutive weekends.
According to government guidelines, all movie theaters must close before 10 p.m. under the Level 4 rules.
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