|The 2016 musical movie "La La Land" hit local movie theaters again Wednesday. Courtesy of Pancinema|
By Lee Gyu-lee
The 2016 musical movie "La La Land" reopened in local theaters Wednesday and is topping daily ticket sales.
The feel-good musical ― which posted about 3.6 million ticket sales after its premiere ― recorded a 16 percent seat reservation rate as of Wednesday morning, surpassing the biographical film "Judy" that opened on the same day. Over 7,000 seats have been booked so far.
The film, starring Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone, stirred a worldwide phenomenon on its release in 2016 with its exuberant musical performances and compelling storyline.
As the coronavirus continues to strike the nation, the big-budget films' distributors have been reluctant to release movies originally planned to premiere in the coming months.
Hollywood blockbusters such as the superhero film "Wonder Woman 1984," Universal's "007 No Time to Die" and the Disney live-action film "Mulan" have had their release dates delayed. The highly anticipated Korean crime film "Time to Hunt" will bypass cinemas and make its debut on Netflix in April.
To fill the void, local movie theater chains have been screening past hits in an effort to attract moviegoers.
The 2004 fantasy film "Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban" made its 4DX premiere on Feb. 26 ― which added physical effects during the screening ― with over 9,000 ticket sales on the day.
Other blockbusters ― "Fast & Furious 8" (2017) and "John Wick" (2015) ― made their silver screen returns along with a handful of romance films ― "About Time" (2013), "Midnight in Paris" (2011) and "Notting Hill" (1997)."
But despite efforts to attract audiences, this week's ticket sales remain below 80,000.