Box-office winners prompt a thriving black market for tickets

A poster of ‘Fast & Furious 7’.

YANGON

With the cinemas reopening last Friday after the Thingyan Water Festival, two new films “Law Mingalar” and “Fast & Furious 7” have become huge box-office successes and created the huge demand for the tickets that are now even available on the black market. 

Since the local comedy movie “Law Mingalar” was released to cinemas such as Thamada, Thwin, Mingalar, Mingalr San Pya, Top Royal, and Junction Cineplex, many moviegoers have been complaining about ticket shortages and, as a result, opted to buy tickets on the black market instead. Some cinemas need to install extra plastic chairs to cope with rising demand.

Fast and Furious 7, the seventh installment in the Fast & Furious saga, is another film that has piqued the public’s interest. Tickets to the film in the black market fetch as high as three to four times the original ticket price.

“I came to watch the new local film on New Year’s Day (Apr 17), but tickets were not available for the whole day. The tickets available on the black market cost four times the original prices,” said a moviegoer from Kamayut Township.

“Both films are especially popular with lots of moviegoers. We have sold the tickets in advance before Thingyan and these people resell them on the black market. As people have been buying them, we couldn’t do anything. When the tickets have sold out at the cinema, we sell the tickets for the plastic chairs,” said Saw Lwin, manager of the Mingalar Cinema Group.