Poster for ‘EXIT’ / Photo: CJ Entertainment

The movie EXIT shot to the top of the box office by drawing in more than 490,000 moviegoers on the first day of its release. EXIT had a better opening day than Extreme Job and Veteran, two action comedy films that hit one million admissions in Korea. 

According to the Korea Box-Office Information System (KOBIS), EXIT topped the box office by drawing in 490,112 moviegoers in one day on July 31 (total viewers as of August 1: 529,331). The movie beat out other titles that were released on the same day such as The Divine Fury and The Secret Life of Pets 2, as well as the former king of the box office, The Lion King

The opening day numbers for EXIT easily exceeded the numbers for box-office smash hits Extreme Job and Veteran, two films of a similar genre which drew 368,582 and 414,219 moviegoers respectively on their opening day. 

The movie also beat the opening day numbers of two of the biggest successes in Korean cinema history, Along with the Gods: The Two Worlds (406,365) and The Thieves (436,596), two films that also drew in over one million moviegoers in the country. EXIT has stepped up as a relief pitcher for Korea movies, which have taken a back seat to the foreign movies that have been dominating the Korean box office this summer. 

The cartoon-like end-credit scene has also been garnering interest – so much so that “EXIT end-credit scene” made it to the top of the most-searched word list.  

Owing to the positive response from audiences, EXIT currently has a CGV Golden Egg score of 96%, Naver Audience rating of 9.35/10, and a Lotte Cinema rating of 9.0/10. The early reception of EXIT has led to rising expectations for the movie’s future performance. 

EXIT bills itself as a disaster action movie that shows the extraordinary courage and wit displayed by the young and unemployed Yong Nam (Cho Jung Seok) and his former college friend Eui Joo (Im Yoon Ah), as they try to escape a city that has been engulfed by a toxic gas. The movie is currently being screened in IMAX, 4DX, and 2D formats.