Korean Films Top 100 Million Mark

Song Kang-ho in "Snowpiercer"
Courtesy of CJ Entertainment

Local-language cinema on course for record year

BUSAN — Korean-made movies have sold 100 million tickets so far this year in South Korea. That is a rare achievement, reached in record time.

The symbolic landmark was passed on Friday, the second day of the current Busan International Film Festival, it was confirmed by the Korean Film Council (KOFIC). By the end of the weekend the total had swelled to 100.6 million, worth $662 million (KRW720 billion).

Data from KOBIS, KOFIC’s box office data service, shows total ticket sales of 165.6 million in the first nine months of this year. That is an increase of more than 22.6 million compared with the first three quarters of 2012.

The 100 million figure was also achieved in last year, but 47 days later. By the end of 2012 Korean films had sold an all-time record of 114 million tickets.

The data also shows that Korean films have held 60% of their local market worth $1.12 billion to date.
Top film “Miracle in Cell No. 7” has grossed $84.1 million, followed by “Snowpiercer” on $61.5 million.

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  1. angwside says:

    Reblogged this on eccunionang and commented:
    I’m not one for reblog -ing (lazy excuse), but as a Korean American hell – one has to be proud for the mother land every once in a while.

    Uncertain of the film, but judging by from the screenshot provided, what great imagery. And this is coming from a girl that can’t stand Korean movies because they well, let’s just say they always somehow seem to follow a similar storyline. Someone gets sick, the hot guy falls in love with the mean girl, the true love of his life is dying or did die, or will die, and the whole thing ends with the crowd roaring for more… Yeah.

    Anyhow, this screen shot caught my eye and the title lingered on. Guess after the Reblog, I’ll have to take some legitimate time and look into it. Let’s see now… I’ll keep you posted.

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