According to the Korean Film Council (KOFIC), webcomic-based fantasy drama "Along With the Gods: The Two Worlds" topped the local box office as of Thursday. It hit a break-even point that day, just nine days after its opening on Dec. 20, by selling more than six million tickets. The speed of its success matches that of "A Taxi Driver," which achieved 12 million in ticket sales this summer.
The film is the first in a two-part release about a deceased man who is aided by grim reapers as he takes on seven trials in the underworld over 49 days. The second part of the film, "Along With the Gods: The Last 49 Days", will be released in the summer of 2018.
It has broken the daily record of moviegoers with a total of 1,252,910 tickets sold on December 24. The record was previously held by “A Taxi Driver,” with 1,123,910 tickets sold in a single day. “Along With the Gods: The Two Worlds” achieved 1 million moviegoers within three days of its premiere, 2 million within four days, and 3 million within five days, and 4 million in six days, breaking many records not even a full week since its premiere.
Webtoon “Along with the Gods” will also be remade into a drama.
On December 28, a source from Realies Pictures, the production company behind the currently playing popular movie adaptation, revealed, “The drama copyright has already been processed. We are planning on creating the script next year. We are preparing with the hope of airing [the drama] in 2019.”
The representatives also added, “We are planning on making [the drama more accurate] to the original webtoon. The movie adaptation does have differing parts. We will be making it more similar to the webtoon rather than the movie.”
The first of a two-part movie adaptation, “Along with the Gods: The Two Worlds” is currently enjoying immense popularity and has reached over 6 million moviegoers at the time of this article. The movie features Ha Jung Woo, Cha Tae Hyun, Joo Ji Hoon, Kim Hyang Gi, EXO’s D.O., and more.
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