The zombie thriller earned $34.3 million in five days

South Korean zombie thriller ‘Train to Busan’ has set multiple box office records in South Korea.

The film officially opened on Wednesday 20 July, earning $34.3 million from 4.75 million admissions over its opening five day run, representing 75% of the total weekend box office.

In total, the South Korean horror has accumulated $38.6 million from 5.31 million admissions so far, setting a new record in Korean film history of the highest single day gross of $9.90 million from 1.28 million admissions.

The film, directed by Yeon Sang-ho, tells the tale of a group of friends who are trying to escape from Seoul’s zombie outbreak, seeking refuge in Busan. Variety described the film as pulsing “with relentless locomotive momentum”, whilst Rotten Tomatoes gave the film a 95% rating. The film stars Gong Yoo, Jung Yu-mi and Ma Dong-seok.

The total number of moviegoers who went to see the movie is recorded to be 5,325,065, which surpasses all other movies currently showing at the South Korean box office.

The previous week, ‘Now You See Me 2‘ earned $3.38 million, totalling $19.5 million after two weekends since its release. ‘Ice Age: Collision Course’, ‘Finding Dory’ and ‘Yokai Watch: Enma Daio to Itsutsu no Monogatari da Nyan!’ took places three to five respectively.