With the first month of 2017 coming to a close, it’s time to look back at the South Korean box office and see which films made an impact!

In first place, raking in over $32 million dollars from over 4 million audience members, is the Korean film, “Confidential Assignment.” The film was released in mid January 2017, and made over 20% total revenue shares. In second place, with over $30 million in monthly gross, is another Korean film, “The King.” “The King” was also very popular amoungst Korean audience members, with over 4 million people going to see the film. It was released on the same day as “Confidential Assignment,” and came in at a very close second place.

Cast of “Confidential Assignment”

In third place, the extremely popular Japanese animated film, “Your Name.” took in over $20 million in sales. “Your Name.” made a huge impact in several other Asian countries’ box offices, so it’s no surprise to see it break the top 5 in South Korea. In forth place, the Korean film, “Master,” took over $15 million dollars. “Master” was released toward the end of December 2016, so it’s popularity continued into January.

Poster for “Your Name.”

The remaining 6 films are all films from the U.S. The animated film, “Moana,” brought in over $12 million, and was followed by the very popular, critically acclaimed, “La La Land,” which brought in a little over $5 million. “Pasangers,” “Sing,” “Allied,” and the latest edition of the “Resident Evil” series, “Resident Evil: The Final Chapter,” wrapped up the list with over $4.6 million, $4.3 million, $3.5 million, and $3.6 million respectively.

Although, the top 10 films in the Korean box office this month, 70% were from international titles, the films from Korea ranked higher, and took in more total gross than the other foreign films.


As seen in December’s box office report, Korean films are standing their own compared with the international blockbusters they competed with.

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