Yoo Ah In’s “Burning” holds French Box Office top 3 slot in its opening weekend

“Burning” gathered over 12 thousand admissions on its début in France, August 29


“Burning” posters at Avenue des Champs-Élysées near Arc de Triomphe and streets of Paris


BURNING, which was released in France on Wednesday, August 29, tops the box office on its début by occupying the 3rd place in the French national box office among 13 films released last week all over France (53,876 viewers). The movie trailed behind Mile 22 in the national box office, giving it the third-place slot in its opening weekend.

BURNING also spots the 2nd place in Paris box office (25,096 viewers) the whole weekend of August, trailing behind another Cannes contender BlacKkKlansman.

In addition to that, BURNING has made a record of 12,254 audience across France on its opening day, which is the third biggest opening score of Korean films released in France for the past 10 years, after Train to Busan (15,238 viewers on the first day of opening) and The Handmaiden (13,099 viewers in the opening day).


BURNING earned 4.3 out of 5 stars from 27 French movie critics as well on its début. This is Lee Chang Dong’s highest score of all his movies released in France ever, and it’s also the same score with that of Bong Jong Hoo’s Memories of Murder.

BURNING box office record also surpasses the scores of Korean films that were previously released in France this couple of years, and made it as the third biggest Korean movie ever released in France since 2009, following Train to Busan (2016) and The Handmaiden (2016).


Leading French media companies Le Monde and Le Figaro praised BURNING throughout, and even Libération introduced BURNING in three pages. Le Monde, in particular, praised BURNING as “the most inspiring movie this autumn.” Le Parisien, gives BURNING 5 out of 5 stars. Grazia France praised the film as “a welcome end of the world sensation”. Telerama wrote, “BURNING is our Palme d’Or at the last Cannes Film Festival”. French Psychologies especially wrote three reasons why we have to watch BURNING. (If you’re interested, please read Paris MatchLe Petit Buletin, Les Inrockuptibles, and Allocine interviews with Lee Chang Dong right from Paris)


The September issue of Positif Revue mensuelle de cinéma picked BURNING as its cover The magazine includes BURNING review and Lee Chang Dong’s interview, who explains how and why his film escapes the usual rules of the thriller. Positif is the second oldest French-language film magazine.

Thanks to the film’s popularity and rave reviews, French legend Isabelle Huppert was spotted watching BURNING too!


BURNING, which opened in Korea last May, has only gathered 520,000 viewers nationwide. The break-even point of the 8 billion won production cost was supposed to be 2.5 million admissions. However, thanks to its entry into the competition at the 71st Cannes International Film Festival, BURNING has been sold to over 100 countries around the world. The film’s box office in France and the international sales profit will surely make up for its sluggish domestic market.

Lee Chang Dong himself has been in Paris from Aug 28 to September 2 for “Director’s Special Exhibition: Rétrospective Lee Chang Dong – En sa présence”, which was held at The Cinémathèque Française (Cinémathèque Française is a French film organization that holds one of the largest archives of film documents and film-related objects in the world). The event was quite a success attended by hundreds of people every day. The exhibition included Lee’s film lesson in the “Master Class” session, where he was interviewed and talked on the stage about each of his films.

Congratulations, Team BURNING! Keep spreading your wings!


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3 Responses to “Yoo Ah In’s “Burning” holds French Box Office top 3 slot in its opening weekend”
  1. Laura says:

    I’m so proud! Kudos, Burning!!

  2. Dee says:


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