Bong Joon-Ho’s dark class satire “Parasite” has broken records with its launch in the United States along with being the best-reviewed film of the year on Metacritic with 95/100.
The film debuted to a spectacular $376,264 on just three U.S. screens this weekend. That gives it a per-screen average of $125,421 – the highest such average in the U.S. since the opening of “La La Land” back in 2016. It’s also the largest per-screen average for any foreign language film.
At one of the locations, the IFC Center in New York, it broke the long-standing opening weekend record set by 2014’s “Boyhood” with countless sold-out sessions. “Parasite” will expand to additional theaters in New York and Los Angeles next week, in addition to opening in Boston, Chicago, San Francisco and Washington DC.
It’s not the only one scoring much love at the box-office. Pedro Almodovar’s “Pain and Glory” is also one of the best-reviewed films of the year and expanded to 23 screens this weekend with an estimated $289,147 haul and had strong runs in New York and Los Angeles, as well as Chicago, San Francisco and DC.
The musical biopic “Judy” also continues to fare quite well, and Netflix’s “El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie” reportedly had decent numbers on the screens it launched on the same day it hit the streaming platform.