This month more than 20 million people attended the Korean cinemas with sales reaching over $134 million dollars. Korean productions were watched by most of the public (62.54%) and sales pass the $83 million. As for Foreign films there were watched by the 37.46% of the public and sales reach $50 million. For the first time in the last three years the total number of admissions pass the 20 million mark. The release of A Violent Prosecutor by Lee Il-hyung attracted a lot of people and really made a difference.
Taking into account data from last year we can see that this February there was an increase of 29.24% in admissions. Korean Films admissions went up by 63.32% and Foreign Films went down only by 4.16%. Sales also show an increase of $17 million dollars.
Korean Movie Release
This month the most watched Korean Films were: A Violent Prosecutor (Showbox) by Lee Il-hyung with 9.4 million admissions; Spirits’ Homecoming (M-Line Distribution) by Cho Jung-rae with 1,2 million; and Likes for Likes (CJ E&M) by Park Hyun-jin with only 757 thousand. As for Foreign Films the most watched were: Dead Pool (US) by Tim Miller with 2.7 million admissions; Zootopia (US) by Byron Howard, Rich Moore and Jared Bush with 2.3 million; and Carol (US, UK) by Todd Haynes with 295 thousand.
Film Distribution Companies
This month Showbox stay on top with 74% of the market thanks to A Violent Prosecutor (2016), A Man and A Woman (2016) and Mood of the Day (2016). Then comes M-Line Distribution with 14% thanks to Spirits’ Homecoming (2016), Dongju: The Portrait of a Poet (2016) and Show Paths (2016). In third place we have CJ E&M with 6% thanks to Likes for Likes (2016) and The Himalayas (2015). Other distribution companies (Lotte Entertainment, Contents Panda and 9ers Entertainment) only got 3%. And finally small independent companies got also 3%.
Top 5 Most Watched Films (February 2016)
Top 5 Korean Films (February 2016)
Top 5 Foreign Films (February 2016)
By Sebastián Nadilo