With 2016 over, it’s time to look back at the Korean films which garnered the most attention from audiences during December.
The Korean film, “Master,” only debuted on December 21, 2016, but topped the charts by making over $33 million dollars over the month. Over 1,500 screens were showing the film, which drew in over 4 million audience members by month’s end. Following suit was the Korean film, “Pandora,” which made over $28 million in total monthly gross with over 4 million audience members and 1,100 screens. In third was the U.S. release, “La La Land,” which made over $16 million in revenue.
The Korean films, “My Annoying Brother,” and “Will You Be There?,” made over $9 million and $7 million respectively. “My Annoying Brother” also made high financially success in November 2016; it was released at the end of November and landed in the second spot for its debut month. The U.S. animated film, “Sing,” landed in 6th place with over $6 million in monthly revenue. The Korean film, “Missing,” followed with over $6 million in revenue. “Missing” was another November release which continued making an impression in the box office in the month of December.
The last three films were U.S., or U.K., releases: “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them,” “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story,” and “Jack Reacher: Never Go Back,” rounded out the lists with over $13 million in combined revenue.
The top films in the month of December showed great range in diversity from country of origin, to genre. Please see below for a graphic representation of this breakdown.
This month had Korean films and International releases matched in total number of films released in December 2016, but Korean films dominated in both total amount of monthly gross and total amount of monthly audiences. This bodes well for the world of Korean cinema as there is growing success and popularity in the nationally-made releases. As we are just beginning 2017, audience members will be waiting with excitement to see what lies in store in the world of Korean cinema!