Yeon Sang-ho’s ‘Peninsula’ tops box office in seven territories

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South Korean zombie thriller Peninsula is on a box office streak in the seven countries where it has opened so far – South Korea, Singapore, Taiwan, Malaysia, Vietnam, Thailand and Mongolia.

Yeon Sang-ho’s follow-up to the hit Train To Busan has been number one in each of these territories since their respective opening days and has grossed a total of $35.78m as of Sunday, July 26, according to Contents Panda, the sales arm of the film’s local financier/distributor NEW.

Peninsula was released July 15 in South Korea, Singapore and Taiwan; July 16 in Malaysia; July 17 in Vietnam; July 23 in Thailand; and July 24 in Mongolia.

The film has clocked up $21m in South Korea where, according to the Korean Film Council (KOFIC), it drew more than 595,000 admissions over the weekend, taking the film’s total of admissions up to more than 2.86 million since its opening. 

In Singapore, local distributor Clover Films reports the film has picked up $1.38m (SG$1.91m), surpassing Bong Joon Ho’s Parasite, which grossed $1.3m (SG$1.8m), as the all-time second best-selling Korean film in Singapore. It has also surpassed Oscar-winning war film 1917, which took $1.2m (SG$1.66m), as the top-grossing film of the year in the territory.

In Taiwan, the film has clocked up $8.5m (NT$254.2m) with more than 1.02 million admissions, according to local distributor MovieCloud.

In Malaysia, the film took $1.58m (RM6.81m), surpassing Along With The Gods: The Two Worlds, which grossed $1.26m (RM5.4m), as all-time second best-selling Korean film in Malaysia, according to distributor Clover Films.

In Vietnam, the film took $2.71m, surpassing Train To Busan’s final score of $2m as all-time second best-selling Korean film in that country. It has also become the top-grossing foreign film in Vietnam this year, according to Clover Films.

In Thailand, the film has taken $538,000. On its opening day the film took $132,000, surpassing previous opening day record holder Train To Busan’s $65,000, according to Sahamongkol Film International.

In Mongolia, the film took $72,000 with around 70% of screens, the largest ever for the Mongolian film market, according to local distributor The Filmbridge. 

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