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Lotte Entertainment Enters 10-Million Admissions Club with ALONG WITH THE GODS
Jan 18, 2018
- Writerby Christopher Weatherspoon
VFX-Laden Spectacle Sells Tickets at Near Record Pace
Lotte Entertainment, a subsidiary of the Lotte Group conglomerate, has finally joined the 10 million admissions club thanks to its end-of-year release Along with the Gods: The Two Worlds.
Directed by KIM Yong-hwa, the webcomic turned big-budget fantasy epic is the first 10 million viewer film of 2018. Released on December 20, the film officially passed the 10 million admissions mark on January 4 and is the 16th Korean film in history to do so.
The Korean film industry deems a film a blockbuster when it sells 10 million tickets, however accomplishing the feat had eluded Lotte Entertainment, one of Korea’s ‘big 4’ film distributors and owner of the country’s second largest movie theater chain Lotte Cinema, until now. Before Along With the Gods: The Two Worlds, Lotte's top selling film had been The Pirates (2014), which ended its theatrical run with 8.67 million tickets (USD 62.13 million) sold.
Along With the Gods: The Two Worlds has also been selling tickets at an impressive pace. The film came close to matching the record of shortest time for reaching the 10 million viewer milestone, which is currently held by Roaring Currents (2014). Roaring Currents accomplished the feat in 12 days compared to the 16 days it took for Along With the Gods: The Two Worlds. Roaring Currents is still the all-time box office champ, holding the domestic record for highest grossing and most watched film with 17.62 million admissions (USD 127.09 million). Along With the Gods: The Two Worlds currently ranks fifth among Korean films, with 13.04 million admissions (USD 98 million) to date.
The first movie in a two-part series, production for Along with the Gods: The Two Worlds took place simultaneously with its sequel (titled Along with the Gods: The Last 49 Days) which will be released this summer.