?Descendants of the Sun? producers have scored another hit. Next Entertainment World (NEW) recently released the movie ?Train to Busan,? which smashed records on its opening day.
Fans who are waiting for the big screen adaptation of the hit Korean TV series can catch the zombie movie for the meantime. NEW premiered ?Train to Busan? last Wednesday in 1,567 cinemas – reportedly the largest release in Korean film history.
It gathered a record-breaking audience of 872,000 moviegoers on its opening day. Prior to its release, ?Captain America: Civil War? held the top spot with 727,901 moviegoers.
Additional information from the Korean Film Council stated that ?Train to Busan? gathered 650,000 moviegoers on its second day.
Adding these numbers to the 500,000 people who screened its preview, more than 2 million people have already watched the thriller. It is expected to be the first to break South Korea?s 10 million admissions record mark this year.
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Since NEW shelled out around $10 million to produce to film, the South Korean production and distribution company is expected to breakeven the said amount over the weekend.
Because of the success of ?Train to Busan,? k-drama fans could only hope that a ?Descendants of the Sun? movie will be next in line.
However, it is likely that NEW might not be the team to release the said film adaptation. There have been reports the phenomenal wartime drama was picked up by producers from China. The full film feature will reportedly be directed by veteran Chinese director Zhang Yibai.
Speculations have also rose that the series? lead actress, Song Hye Kyo, might not be part of the movie. The actress has been a target of negative publicity after being tagged as the rumored third party in the high-profile break-up of fellow Korean superstars Lee Min Ho and Suzy Bae.
?Descendants of the Sun? which garnered a record-breaking 38.8 percent in ratings when KBS aired its finale last April. Aside from the clamor for its big-screen adaptation, there have also been reports that the drama will be back for a second season. Rumors have even been circulating that production has already began filming the show?s return, which will reportedly air on 2017.