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PENINSULA Opens at No. 1 in 5 Asian Markets
Jul 28, 2020
- Writerby Pierce Conran
TRAIN TO BUSAN Sequel Becomes First International Success in COVID-19 Era
YEON Sang-ho’s hotly anticipated TRAIN TO BUSAN (2016) follow-up Peninsula has become the first international success story at the box office in the COVID-19 Era, after opening day-and-date in five Asian markets, all of which it dominated. In addition to its significant Korean bow, the film topped the charts in Malaysia, Taiwan, Singapore and Vietnam.
In Korea, the film was the expected champ over the July 17-19 weekend, welcoming over 1.2 million viewers (USD 9.19 million) to post the best debut of the COVID-19 era. Just ahead of its second weekend, the film has reached 2.27 million spectators (USD 16.44 million).
In Taiwan, where the film is being distributed by MovieCloud, Peninsula handily scored a first place finish, accounting for 76% of all sales from around 2,300 showings each day. Over its first five days the film earned an impressive USD 4.7 million.
Meanwhile, in Singapore, the film scored the best ever launch for a Korean film in the market, topping the previous record held by TRAIN TO BUSAN (2016), with USD 795,000 in sales over its first five days. The film also topped the box office in Malaysia over the course of its first four days, raking in USD 955,000. Opening in Vietnam on Friday, following Wednesday previews, Peninsula was also a hit there with USD 1.17 million grossed up until Wednesday.
All told, that gave the blockbuster a USD 20.82 million opening during its first weekend across five markets. The film is now eyeing starts in a slew of other markets, beginning with Thailand, Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Cambodia and North America, where it is currently scheduled to open on August 7.
With Hollywood titles repeatedly pushed back by distributors owing to COVID-19 worries, Peninsula has become the de facto blockbuster to open Asian markets back up for business.