Cast and director of ‘The Man Standing Next’ celebrating the movie attracting two million moviegoers / Photo: Showbox

As of January 26, The Man Standing Next has officially drawn in over two million moviegoers. 

According to the Korea Box-Office Information System (KOBIS), the film reached the two million mark on the morning of the 26th. The movie follows the 40-day period prior to the assassination of the South Korean president in 1979, who was killed by the man considered to be the second most powerful figure at the time, the country’s chief intelligence officer (played by Lee Byung Hun). 

The Man Standing Next has achieved box office success during the Lunar New Year holiday season in the midst of receiving rave reviews from audience members of all generations. Prior to its release, the film captured nearly 50 percent of all ticket pre-sales, and it attracted over one million moviegoers within three days of its release. Less than two days after reaching the one million mark, the film reached its second milestone by bringing in a total of two million audience members. The Man Standing Next reached the two million mark a day faster than 1987 (total number of admissions: 7,232,387), which drew in two million moviegoers in six days. Regarded as an unrivaled box-office powerhouse during the holiday season that resonates with people of all ages, The Man Standing Next has maintained its position at the top of the box office for eight consecutive days. 

In celebration of the occasion, the movie’s stars took a group picture to express their gratitude to the two million moviegoers who watched the film. The cast who delivered exceptional performances – Lee Byung Hun, Lee Sung Min, Kwak Do Won, and Lee Hee Joon – and director Woo Min Ho can be seen in the photo with a celebratory cake and radiant smiles. 

Rated for audiences 15 and older, The Man Standing Next is being deemed as a film that those who remember the year 1979 and those born afterwards can both experience one of the most dramatic moments of modern Korean history on film.