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Parasite to expand UK cinema run to over 400 cinemas following Oscar win


Story by Jack Foley

OSCAR-winning South Korean movie is expanding its release in UK cinemas to over 400 screens.

The film opened in the UK on Friday, February 7, and enjoyed a massive start by taking $1.8 million from just 136 venues. That figure marked a record for a non-English language release, with its £1,389,856.

The previous record holder was Mel Gibson’s Apocalypto, which opened to £1,360,111 in January 2007 on its way to a total gross of £4,114,838.

Philip Knatchbull, CEO at UK distributor Curzon, said on the expanded roll out: “Last night’s Oscar result is truly historic. We couldn’t be happier for Bong Joon Ho, his team, and our friends at CJ Entertainment and Neon.

“To be opening Parasite in the UK in the midst of all this excitement is a dream for any distributor. The weekend box office broke records for subtitled film and individual records at Curzon venues and with our partner cinemas.

“With the film expanding this weekend to around 400 cinemas, we hope the film will be embraced even further by audiences in the UK and Ireland.”

Parasite also made history on Sunday night by becoming the first foreign language movie ever to win the best picture award at the 2020 Oscars, with filmmaker Bong Joon Ho also being named best director.