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  • TRAIN TO BUSAN Crushes Hong Kong Box Office
  • by Pierce Conran /  Sep 20, 2016
  • Record for Korean Film in HK with $60 Million in 4 Weeks

    After going on release August 25th, YEON Sang-ho’s zombie smash TRAIN TO BUSAN took just four days to eclipse the Hong Kong box office record for a Korean film, beating the long-standing HKD 14 million figure set by romantic comedy My Sassy Girl in 2001. Local distributor Edko reported on Sunday, September 18th that after four weeks on release the film has gone over HKD 60 million (USD 7.73 million). Within a few days the film is set to overtake Arvin CHEN’s Taiwanese romance You Are the Apple of My Eye to become the highest grossing Asian release in Hong Kong history, eclipsing all other Chinese-language features.

    In Korea, TRAIN TO BUSAN became the highest grossing film of the year after posting the highest opening score of all time in July. It debuted to rave reviews at the Cannes Film Festival in May. The film ended up attracting 11.56 million viewers (USD 82.75 million), making it the 11th most successful Korean film of all time. 

    Elsewhere, the film became the top scoring Korean release of all time in Singapore, where it generated USD 2.27 million and is still going strong, three times more than previous record holder 200 Pounds Beauty (2006). It performed the same feat in Malaysia, where it did so solely through previews ahead of its general release, and in Taiwan, dethroning My Sassy Girl after just two days.

    In addition the film has topped the box office charts in Vietnam, generated USD 1.87 million in North America, USD 1.85 million in France, USD 2.13 million in Thailand and USD 700,000 in Australia. Globally, the film has handily passed the USD 100 million mark.

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