[HanCinema's News] "The Roundup" Breaks Three Million Viewer Mark
By William Schwartz | Published on
According to figures released by the Korean Film Council, "The Roundup" sold three million tickets at approximately 11:50 AM on May 22nd Korean time. "The Roundup" has now sold one million tickets after two days of availability, two million tickets after four days of availability, and three million tickets after six days of availability. These numbers exceed the speed with which "Ashfall" earned new admissions back in 2019, and are a high water mark for South Korean film post-COVID.
"The Roundup" is now a strong contender for the ten million viewer milestone, which has not been achieved by any South Korean film since "Parasite" back in 2019. "The Roundup" would be the third ten million viewer film for lead actor Ma Dong-seok, who also appeared in "Train to Busan" in 2016 and "Along With the Gods: The Last 49 Days" in 2018. However, Ma Dong-seok was only supporting cast for those two films, not the headliner.
Despite this fact, marketing for "The Roundup" has consistently emphasized that Ma Dong-seok is only part of a larger ensemble, who all work in tandem via a convoluted police investigation to track down a notorious killer played by Son Sukku. "The Roundup 2" has released a commemorative picture of the cast members celebrating the milestone. "The Roundup" is the sequel to the surprise hit "The Outlaws" from 2017.
Written by William Schwartz
Staff writer. Has been writing articles for HanCinema since 2012, having lived in South Korea since 2011. Started out in Gyeongju, then to Daegu, then to Ansan, then to Yeongju, then to Seoul, lived on the road for HanCinema's travel diaries series in the summer of 2016, and is currently settled in Anyang. Has good tips for utilizing South Korea's public bus system. William Schwartz can be contacted via email@example.com. He also has a substack at williamschwartz.substack.com where he discusses the South Korean film industry in broader terms and takes suggestions for future movies to review.