The movie “Alienoid” became more and more embarrassing. At this rate, viewers are worried about the second part to be released next year.
According to the Korean Film Council’s integrated computer network on August 4th, “Hansan: Rising Dragon” and “Emergency Declaration” dominated the box office, while “Alienoid” was pushed out of the top 5.
Since its release on July 20th, “Alienoid” has recorded a cumulative audience of 1.44 million as of August 4th. The number of spectators mobilized the previous day was 10,000. Another anticipated Korean movie “Hunt” will be released on August 10th, so if there is no major twist by then, the final audience score of “Alienoid” is estimated to be 1.5~2 million.
The production cost of “Alienoid” part 1, which was armed with overwhelming technology and a brilliant cast including Ryu Jun-yeol, Kim Woo-bin, Kim Tae-ri, is about 33 billion won. Accordingly, the break-even point of “Alienoid” is estimated to be around 7 million viewers.
This atmosphere reminds us of the movie “Race to Freedom: Uhm Bok-dong”, which was released in 2019. Starring Rain, Kang So-ra and Lee Beom-soo, “Race to Freedom: Uhm Bok-dong”, which cost about 15 billion won to produce, was considered a highly anticipated film even before its release. However, it was a box office failure as it attracted only 170,000 audiences to the theater. This movie’s break-even point was estimated at about 4 million people.
In addition, the films that cost more than 10 billion won to produce but finally failed included director Kang Je-gyu’s “My Way” (2011), “Memories of the Sword” (2015) starring Lee Byung-hun, Jeon Do-yeon, Kim Go-eun and “Real” (2017) starring Kim Soo-hyun, Sulli.
The sad thing is that “Alienoid” has 2 parts. Part 2 can still receive great attention despite part 1’s failure, but the handicap is that part 1 and part 2 are connected to each other. It remains unknown how readily the audience who did not watch the first part will head to the theater to watch the second part of “Alienoid”.
“Alienoid” part 2 is known to slightly exceed the production cost of the first part. It means that if this work fails to attract about 7~8 million viewers, it will also fall short of the break-even point. Director Choi Dong-hoon, who has two 10-million-viewer films “The Thieves” (2012) and “Assassination” (2015), is on the verge of getting a bitter box office failure this time. Will “Alienoid” be able to write a reversal play with the second part to be released next year? This draws the attention of the audience and filmmakers.