Roaring Currents continues to smash records
Roaring Currents is on its way to breaking every Korean box office record possible. Greatest opening? Check — 680K people went to see it on opening day. Highest mid-week attendance? Yes, the movie handily broke earlier records, with 980K folks seeing it on a weekday. Greatest number of tickets sold in a single day? Yep, that too: 1.25 million.
The film exceeded 1 million in ticket sales in the first two days, surpassed 2 million in three days, 3 million in four days, and so on and so forth until it surpassed Avatar, which previously held the all-time box office record with 13.3 million tickets sold; in the 18th day of its release, Roaring Currents accumulated over 15 million in ticket sales.
The previous first place domestic film (and now in third place overall) was 2012’s The Thieves, which ended its run just shy of 13 million admissions. Moreover, the ever-climbing number for Roaring Currents shows no sign of slowing, as weekday attendance is still high and advance ticket sales remain strong.
If you’ve been living under a rock, the action-filled blockbuster depicts Korean hero Admiral Lee Soon-shin (played by Chungmuro favorite Choi Min-shik) in the famous Battle of Myeongryang, during which he is said to have fought off 330 enemy warships with just 12 ships of his own. The grand-scale film about a beloved war hero brought to life by one of Korea’s most talented actors had everyone guessing this would be the smash hit of the summer, but I’m not sure anyone knew it would break so many records, and so soon.
Positive word-of-mouth (the tightly woven plot is said to stir deep emotions, and director Kim Han-min proved his chops in his previous film, Bow The Ultimate Weapon) and a strong ensemble performance (by Ryu Seung-ryong, Jo Jin-woong, and Jin Gu, to name a few) have also helped keep the buzz around the film going, and although Roaring Currents just opened in the U.S. on August 15, I’m willing international distributors to extend and expand the film’s run. It just seems like the type of movie you want to see on the big screen, and while I haven’t seen it yet, I’m trying my best to make it happen soon!