‘Parasite’ to Open Friday on IMAX Screens for One Week


As if “Parasite” couldn’t get any bigger, Bong Joon Ho’s Best Picture winner will get a one-week only theatrical release on the super-sized IMAX screens, Neon and IMAX announced Thursday.

The film will open on Friday and will play for just one week and will be digitally re-mastered for IMAX screens with the company’s proprietary IMAX DMR (Digital Re-Mastering) technology.

Just about everyone is trying to get a piece of “Parasite” at this point, with Neon announcing last week that the Criterion Collection would issue “Parasite” in a special edition home video release along with Bong’s 2003 film “Memories of Murder.” Prior to that, the production company behind the film, CJ Entertainment, partnered with Skydance Media in a $275 million investment.

The film also saw a boost at the box office after it won the Best Picture prize and four Oscars in all, and it has since grossed $44 million domestically, making it the fourth highest-grossing international film to ever open in America. Over Presidents Day weekend alone it earned $6.6 million from 2001 screens.

In addition to Best Picture, “Parasite” won Best Original Screenplay, Best International Film and Best Director for Bong. It became the first non-English language movie to ever win Best Picture, capping off a run that also included the Palme d’Or at the 2019 Cannes Film Festival.

The film was written and directed by Bong Joon Ho and features a SAG Ensemble Award-winning cast including his long time collaborator Song Kang Ho, Choi Woo Shik, Park So Dam, Cho Yeo Jeong, Lee Jung Eun, Lee Sun Kyun and Chang Hyae Jin.