Magazine article Screen International

'Okja' Opens Fourth at Korea Box Office despite Cinema Boycott

Magazine article Screen International

'Okja' Opens Fourth at Korea Box Office despite Cinema Boycott

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The Netflix film was not shown in the country’s three biggest cinema chains.

Bong Joon Ho’s Netflix release Okja has placed fourth at the South Korean box office in its first weekend, despite a boycott by all three of the country’s major cinema chains - CJ CGV, Lotte Cinema and Megabox.

The controversy over the film, which started when it was selected to Cannes Competition earlier this year, has kept Okja in the news for over a month.

Released simultaneously on the online streaming platform and in local theatres June 29, Okja was on 111 screens and took $597,600 over the weekend, according to the Korean Film Council.

South Korea’s three major cinema chains, affiliated with their own investor/distributor companies, took issue with Netflix’s knocking down of the typical three-week holdback window for films before going to smaller screens and decided to boycott it before the release. …

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