Romantic comedy My Tutor Friend has opened to blockbuster business in South Korea, having drawn over a million admissions in its first five days.
This matches the record five-day openings of local smashes Friend and My Wife Is A Gangster, which went on to earn $44m and $31m respectively in 2001.
Distributed by CJ Entertainment, the film charts the power struggles and developing romance between a female university student and a rich, troublesome high-school boy she is asked to tutor, who happens to be the same age.
My Tutor Friend will receive its first market screening at the upcoming AFM, where Hollywood majors are expected to closely appraise the film of its remake potential. To date, remake rights to five other South Korean films including My Sassy Girl and the top-grossing film of 2002, Marrying The Mafia have been purchased by Hollywood majors.
With a $5.7m box-office take to date from 195 prints, My Tutor Friend is estimated to have a chance of exceeding six million admissions ($32m), which would eclipse the performance of any film, local or imported, released in 2002.