‘The Battleship Island’ headed towards big opening at box office

July 26, 2017
A poster for "The Battleship Island" provided by CJ E&M (Yonhap)

A poster for “The Battleship Island” provided by CJ E&M (Yonhap)

SEOUL, July 26 (Yonhap) — “The Battleship Island,” a new South Korean World War II blockbuster film, is set to make an opening day splash on Wednesday, with nearly 600,000 tickets having been reserved on the release date.

According to the computerized tally from the Korean Film Council, the number of ticket reservations for the film stood at 594,370 as of 7 a.m. Wednesday, accounting for 70.1 percent of all movie reservations for the day.

The film, directed by Ryoo Seung-wan and starring Hwang Jung-min, Song Joong-ki and So Ji-sub, is expected to overtake “Dunkirk,” the current No. 1 film at the box office.

“The Mummy,” a Hollywood film starring Tom Cruise, holds the record for the biggest opening day performance in South Korea, drawing in 872,965 moviegoers on its premiere day. “Roaring Currents,” the biggest-grossing film in the country to-date, was watched by 682,701 viewers on release day.

“The Battleship Island” is one of the more expensive South Korean films to-date. Against a budget of 25 billion won (US$22.3 million), the movie has to sell more than 7 million tickets to break even.

The movie has attracted huge attention since it was first announced for its inspiration from the atrocities and ordeals faced by hundreds of forced Korean coal miners and sex slaves at Japan’s Hashima Island, nicknamed “Battleship Island” after its resemblance to a warship, during World War II.


  1. intabe

    July 27, 2017 at 3:43 AM

    I look forward to watching this movie, it looks really good. I’m surprise that “The Mummy” holds the record for the biggest opening day performance in South Korea, this movie has many bad reviews.

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    July 28, 2017 at 1:30 AM

    My warmest congratulations on the creation of this great film by our Korean friends! Looking back on wartime history reminds us of some humans -or rather subhumans – who were obviously lower than animals.

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