The Point Men topped the South Korean box office over the Lunar New Year’s holiday.
Released on January 18th, the movie attracted a cumulative audience of 1.13 million people. Although the flick’s subject matter wasn’t the safest pool to dive into, the impressive direction of Yim Soon Rye and the amazing chemistry among the cast — Hwang Jung Min, Hyun Bin, and Kang Ki Young — are what made viewers stay tuned into the movie.
Over the same period, Avatar: The Way of Water attracted more than 10 million moviegoers, while The First Slam Dunk surpassed 1.59 million admissions. Due to the rave reviews and sparked memes, both movies are enjoying immense popularity in theaters.
Phantom became an unexpected flop, registering only 414,304 people in audience after its release. Although the film portrayed the Korean independence army’s achievements during the Japanese colonial era as a spy action thriller, it failed to captivate viewers and create a stir.
Hero is getting close to hitting 3 million people in audience as it registered over 2.95 million people after its release.
An insider in the movie industry stated, “The genre and theme of Phantom and Hero are a bit far from what viewers expected to watch during the holiday season. Now it became a five-sided battle in theaters. CJ ENM will be more careful in releasing new movies in the future as Hero and Phantom didn’t garner as much attention as The Point Men or Avatar: The Way of Water or The First Slam Dunk.”