A South Korean civic group has lodged a complaint with local prosecutors against the Korean unit of the Walt Disney Company, claiming that the company violated the country’s antitrust act by screening Frozen 2 on over 88% of the country’s movie screens.
According to a news report by Korean news agency Yonhap, The Public Welfare Committee (PWC) believes that Disney’s behavior constitutes a monopoly over the country’s movie market and is demanding a government probe into their activities. Their complaint says in part:
On Nov. 23, Frozen 2 had an 88-percent share of all screens and 16,220 showings, breaking the record set by Avengers: Endgame in the number of showings in the history of the Korean cinema. This is a case of one business occupying more than 50 percent of the market and constitutes a violation of the antitrust law.…[Disney has] attempted to monopolize the screens and seek great profit in the short term, restricting the consumer’s right to choose.
Frozen 2 may simply be the tipping point in a long-running battle between South Korean filmmakers and the country’s film industry conglomerates. Last week, the Cineastes Council for Anti-Monopoly, a group that represents Korean filmmakers, released a statement that said, “The screen monopoly is not a one-off case. The government has to tackle the winner-take-all cinema market.”