Yoo Ah In’s Veteran Surpasses 9 Million in Less Than 3 Weeks, Eying 10 Million
Fast advancing crime-action film Veteran is dashing for the 10 million-viewer mark, as it has once again emerged at the top of the pile as it enjoys a third week as Korea’s number one.
Veteran saw another sizeable weekend as it added 1.3 million admissions (43%) to move its total tally to just over 9 million ($59.1 million).
Last weekend the movie attracted a massive 2.2 million movie-goers, and the weekend before it saw 1.9 million flock to its screens, and now the films is poised to join an élite group of South Korea films that have claimed 10 million admissions.
Veteran garnered over 8 million cumulative attendance on August 22, by the 18th day since release and became the fastest movie that exceeded 8 million admissions in history. Its pace exceeded that of Ode to My Father, Miracle of Cell No.7, and The Attorney, which respectively took 21, 25 and 20 days to jump over the 8 million hurdle. The three movies are ranked second, fifth and eighth in the list of 10 top-performance movies compiled by Korean Film Council. Veteran is currently placed 20th.
The next day, August 23 by midnight, the movie surpassed 9 millions, only 19 days after the première, breaking the Assassination‘s record as a movie that achieved 9 million admissions in the shortest period in 2015.
Veteran also breaks the record as the movie that sits on #1 top box office for the longest period in 2015. It became #2 trending topic in the morning of August 24 for its stunning speed crossing the 9 million marks.
As of August 25, Veteran continued reigning the box office champ by attracting 9.4 million movie-goers. It is expected to surpass 10 million by this weekend. [Update: as of August 26, 12am, Veteran garnered 9,592,739 admissions]
Star-director Ryu Seung Wan, Hwang Jung Min, Yoo Ah In and Oh Dalsu have been reigning the top search rank on Naver Movie site too for several days. Director Ryu spotted #1, Yoo Ah In #3, Hwang Jung Min #5, and Oh Dal Soo ranked #10 respectively.
And by the way, Yoo Ah In promises that he will hold a free hug event if the movie exceeds 10 millions! 😀
Veteran official facebook released two photos of the casts to celebrate the victory with comment, “Veteran exceeded 900 million! The fastest high grossing Korean film in 2015! We hope Yoo Ah In doesn’t forget his pledge. Free hugs will come true soon ♥”
Heee~~ I really do hope so! 😀 Congrats, Veteran! Up up up up up crossing 10 million!
Source: Naver, CJEMM, Hancinema, KH News, Fandomscape, Veteran FB