‘Parasite’ Breaks Foreign-Language Box Office Record in U.K.

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Bong Joon Ho’s Oscar-winning drama “Parasite” has broken records at the U.K. box office, becoming the country’s highest-grossing foreign-language film of all time.

“Parasite” has taken overtaken Mel Gibson’s “The Passion of the Christ,” which had held the foreign-language film record since 2004.

“Parasite’s” U.K. box office now stands at £11.5 million ($15.1 million), according to the film’s distributor Curzon Artificial Eye.

It passed “The Passion of the Christ’s” £11.1 million ($14.5 million) record on Friday.

“Parasite” was playing in 504 sites over the weekend, adding £528,864 ($692,462) to its total box office.

Curzon CEO Philip Knatchbull said: “It became clear some time ago that ‘Parasite’ was likely to become the highest grossing non English-language film of all time at the U.K. box office and Curzon is hugely proud to be part of director Bong’s historic moment. There’s still plenty of theatrical life left in its current release before the black and white version hits cinemas in April.”

“Parasite” debuted in the U.K. on February 7, just days ahead of the Academy Awards where it won four Oscars including for best film.

The film took $1.8 million including previews over its debut weekend to record the highest-grossing foreign-language opening of all time in the U.K.

Building on the momentum and publicity it garnered at the Academy Awards, the following week “Parasite’s” release was expanded from 137 cinemas to 428 sites in the U.K. market.

The U.K. release came later than most territories, allowing the hit South Korean film to capitalize fully on its Oscar haul.

Globally, the film has taken $257 million at the box office, with more than $50 million coming from the U.S via distributor Neon and $73 million in South Korea.