(January 16, 2019) – After seeing a successful opening during the holidays, Korean hit “Ashfall” (Lee Hae-jun, Kim Byung-seo, 2019) will be expanding to multiple additional theaters this weekend. “Ashfall” opened in the US on December 26th and brought in over $36,000 domestically on opening weekend with a cumulative worldwide gross of over $60,000,000. The film has continued to see solid numbers on just two screens with an overall domestic box office of over $260,000, which led to a significant expansion into multiple theaters starting January 17th. “Ashfall” will be released by by capelight pictures and CJ Entertainment.  

FILM SYNOPSIS

In the face of a disaster that will engulf both North and South Korea, a mission is put into action to stop a super volcanic eruption. An unexpected eruption of Korea’s tallest volcano, which straddles the China-North Korea border, leaves the Korean peninsula in shambles. Seismologists warn this is only the preliminary eruption — A devastating super-eruption is still to come. Yoo-kyung (Jeon Hye-jin) is Chief Secretary to the President of South Korea. While her team puts together an emergency countermeasure for the impending national crisis, she meets renowned Korean-American seismologist, Bong-rae (Don Lee). Bong-rae presents a theory that could possibly stop the volcanic explosion. Despite a very small possibility of success, the two decide to set the plan into motion. In-chang (Ha Jung-woo) is only days away from completing his service with the Explosive Ordinance Disposal Unit of the South Korean Army. An accident during a missile dismantling operation leaves him in charge of the team, and he is called away to his last mission before returning home to his wife, Ji-young (Bae Su-zy). In-chang’s team secretly reaches out to a North Korean elite officer, Jun-pyong (Lee Byung-hun), who holds the key to the mission to stop the volcanic eruption. However, Jun-pyong keeps acting erratically. With doom looming, everyone must work together to avoid imminent devastation.

FULL THEATER LISTING AS OF JANUARY 17th
CGV Cinemas Buena Park
CGV Cinemas Los Angeles
AMC Ridgefield Park
NJAMC Plymouth Mtg
PAAMC Bay Terrace Bayside
NYAMC Alderwood Cinema Lynnwood
WAAMC Mercado Santa Clara
CAAMC IMAX Metreon San Francisco
CACENT Century 20 Daly City
CACNMK Century Sea Tac Mall Federal Way
WAAMC Alderwood Seattle
WAAMC Veteran’s Expressway Tampa, FL  

About capelight pictures
Founded in 2004, capelight pictures is a Berlin-based distributor, releasing such films as Parasite (Bong Joon-ho, 2019), Burning (Lee Chang-dong, 2018), The Boy (William Brent Bell, 2016) and Suspiria (Luca Guadagnino, 2018) in Germany. Attraction (Fyodor Bondarchuk, 2017) was the company’s first release in the U.S. market.

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