'The Roundup: Punishment' Draws Massive Crowd on Opening Day in South Korea

'The Roundup: Punishment,' the latest installment in the popular Korean action franchise, broke opening-day records, attracting 820,000 viewers and setting the stage for a potential 10-million-admission milestone, signaling a resurgence in the local film industry.

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'The Roundup: Punishment' Draws Massive Crowd on Opening Day in South Korea

'The Roundup: Punishment' Draws Massive Crowd on Opening Day in South Korea

The highly anticipated South Korean action film 'The Roundup: Punishment' attracted a staggering 820,000 viewers on its opening day on April 25, 2024. The film, which is part of the popular 'The Man Standing Next' franchise, follows Detective Ma Seok-do as he joins the Cyber Investigation Team to apprehend a former mercenary and the head of an online gambling organization.

Directed by Lee Sang-yong, 'The Roundup: Punishment' stars Ma Dong-seok, reprising his role as the persistent 'Monster Detective' Ma Seok-do. In this installment, Ma battles against Baek Chang-ki, a ruthless former special forces mercenary turned villain, and Jang Dong-chul, a genius IT CEO. Alongside Jang Yi-soo and the police cyber and special forces team, they undertake a massive crackdown on an online illegal gambling operation.

The film's opening day performance not only marks the best for the series but also places it among the leading four openings for any Korean film. It earned an impressive $4.92 million from 821,000 ticket sales, representing a 97% share of the day's theatrical market. 'The Roundup: Punishment' had previously broken the Korean record for advanced ticket sales, with 830,000 pre-sales, surpassing the previous record holders 'Along With the Gods: The Last 49 Days' (646,000 pre-sales) and 'The Roundup: No Way Out' (640,000 pre-sales).

The latest installment has already exceeded 1 million cumulative admissions, the swiftest pace achieved by any movie released this year. The film's strong opening suggests it has the potential to reach 10 million views, providing a much-needed boost to the local film industry. 'The Roundup: No Way Out', the previous installment in the series released in 2023, achieved the 10 million admissions milestone.

Why this matters: The remarkable success of 'The Roundup: Punishment' on its opening day demonstrates the lasting popularity of the action-packed franchise among South Korean audiences. The film's performance also highlights the potential for the local film industry to rebound after facing challenges in recent years.

'The Roundup: Punishment' is the fourth film in a franchise that started in 2017 with 'The Outlaws', followed by 'The Roundup' in 2022 and 'The Roundup: No Way Out' in 2023. Directed by Heo Myeong-haeng

Key Takeaways

  • The Roundup: Punishment, a South Korean action film, attracted 820,000 viewers on its opening day.
  • The film is part of the popular 'The Man Standing Next' franchise, starring Ma Dong-seok as Detective Ma Seok-do.
  • The film's opening day performance is among the leading four openings for any Korean film, earning $4.92 million.
  • The Roundup: Punishment has already exceeded 1 million cumulative admissions, the swiftest pace for any movie this year.
  • The film's success demonstrates the lasting popularity of the action-packed franchise and the potential for the local film industry to rebound.