It’s official. Along with the Gods: The Last 49 Days is a box-office hit.
The fantasy has just made news as the latest film to cross the elusive 10 million attendance mark in South Korea, according to the film’s distributor, Lotte Entertainment.
And it took the film only two weeks – since its opening – to do so.
In Korea, the 10 million audience mark is the golden standard which all blockbusters hope to surpass: it is the benchmark against which a film’s mass-market appeal is measured.
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Other Korean films that have crossed the same threshold include hits such as 2016’s Train to Busan, Veteran (2015), The Admiral (2014), and The Host (2006).
International films that have also enjoyed similar popularity in Korea include Frozen (2013), Avatar (2009) and, most recently, Avengers: Infinity War (2018).
This is the first time that two Korean films from a series have both crossed the threshold.
The first film, Along with the Gods: The Two Worlds, recorded an audience of 14.41 million people.
According to the Korean Film Council, the first instalment is Korea’s second most successful domestic film of all time.
The films are based on a webtoon series – a comic series published on the internet – written and illustrated by Joo Min-ho.
Along with the Gods is an epic fantasy film series that looks into the afterlife and the role that grim reapers play.
The film boasts a star-studded cast, from suave Ha Jung-woo and Lee Jung-jae to the buff Ma Dong-seok.