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Zombie flick '#ALIVE' sells more than 200,000 tickets on opening day

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Zombie thriller "#ALIVE" attracted over 200,000 filmgoers on its release day, June 24. Courtesy of Lotte Cultureworks

By Dong Sun-hwa

Zombie flick "#ALIVE," starring Yoo Ah-in and Park Shin-hye, drew more than 200,000 moviegoers on its release day, June 24.

The movie sold 204,071 tickets on the day, according to the Korean Film Council (KOFIC), Thursday, recording the most number of daily filmgoers since February.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the number of moviegoers in Korea has been plummeting, with numerous films ― including "The Closet" ― garnering fewer than 100,000 people on the first day of release.

"#ALIVE recorded revenue of $1.1 million as of its opening day," Spackman Entertainment Group said Thursday. The flick's producer Zip Cinema is Spackman's indirect wholly owned subsidiary.

The zombie thriller also became this year's second-placed movie in terms of audience on release day. The thriller "The Man Standing Next," which attracted 252,028 people, is in first place. It premiered on Jan. 22.

#ALIVE revolves around people who become isolated in their apartment following the zombies' attack. Having no means to communicate with the others, they struggle for survival in a crisis.

The film, directed by Jo Il-hyung, is based on an original scenario by Hollywood writer Matt Taylor, who was behind the success of the American documentary series "Small Business Revolution: Main Street."

Dong Sun-hwa


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