Magazine article Screen International

South Korea Box Office Hits All-Time High in First Half of 2017

Magazine article Screen International

South Korea Box Office Hits All-Time High in First Half of 2017

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Box office boosted by local successes Confidential Assignment and The King.

South Korean box office in the first half of 2017 hit an all-time high with $698.7m (KW783.6bn), up 3.4% from the same period last year. Cinemas clocked up a total of 97.2 million admissions, up 2.8%.

Local films took 41.6 million admissions, down 5% year-on-year.

This equaled a 3.5% decrease to 42.8% of market share compared to last year’s first half.

Local action thriller Confidential Assignment (pictured), starring Hyun Bin, Yoo Hae-jin and Kim Joo-hyuk took the top box office ranking while Han Jae-rim’s local crime drama The King, starring Zo In-sung and Jung Woo-sung took second place. …

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