‘The Admiral: Roaring Currents’ breaks U.S. Korean film record

September 4, 2014
"The Admiral: Roaring Currents." (CJ E&M)

“The Admiral: Roaring Currents.” (CJ E&M)

“The Admiral: Roaring Currents,” the record-breaking film that swept through the top of the Korean box office this summer, became the first Korean flick opened in the U.S. to break $2 million Sunday, distributor CJ E&M said in a press release.

It had drawn in $2.13 million across 40 theaters across the U.S. as of Tuesday, surpassing the previous $1.96 million record held by director Bong Joon-ho’s “The Host” in 2007.

“Roaring Currents” also ranked No. 2 overall in per-screen average across the entire North American box office with $6,890 during the Aug. 29 to Aug. 31 weekend, CJ E&M said.

“‘Roaring Currents’ is No. 1 in sales at many theaters, having surpassed distinguished Hollywood studio films,” CJ E&M said. “We’re expecting a long-term box office success with the film as theaters are scrambling to extend screenings and requesting more openings.”

The film has attracted 17 million viewers to Korean theaters since its opening on July 30, making it the highest-grossing, most-viewed pic of all time in its home country, according to Yonhap. It opened in 30 American locations on Aug. 15 and will also open in 10 theaters in North Carolina, Minnesota, Michigan and Florida on Sept. 5.

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