According to the Korean Film Council (KOFIC), this is the highest box office South Korea achieved among the first half in years.

Yoo Hae-jin and Hyun Bin in Confidential Assignment (2017) (Source:

The report stated that there were 97.29 million admissions, which resulted in a all-time high ticket sales of USD 704.5 million. The number of viewers increased by 2.66 million for a growth of 2.8% from the same time last year, whilst the box office grew 3.4% with an increase of USD 23.3 million. However, local films only took 41.62 million admissions, witnessed a decrease of 2.2 million (down 5%).

In comparison to last year, domestic films held a 42.8% market share, which was 3.5% less. On the other hand, foreign movies attracted 55.6 million viewers, increased by 4.86 million (up 9.6%) from first half of 2016. US titles accounted for 48.8% of admissions, while European took 2% and Chinese took 0.2%. Meanwhile, Japanese films’ share surprisingly jumped 86% to take 5.2% of market share, mainly thanks to the success of the animation Kimi no Na Wa. (Your Name.), which achieved 3.6 million admissions.

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A still from Kimi no Na Wa. (Your Name.)

In the first half of this year, the top 5 box office hits included 2 domestic films and 3 foreign films. Local North Korean spy action-comedy Confidential Assignment (starring Hyun Bin, Yoo Hae Jin and Kim Joo Hyuk) won the spotlight, while crime thriller The King (starring Jo In Sung and Jung Woo Sung) took the second place. Fun fact: they were both released on the same day!

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A poster of “The King”

CJ E&M successfully gained back the biggest distributor position in this year first half. The company earned 19.03 million moviegoers and USD 136.9 million in sales for distributing 15 movies.

Below is the full top 5 box office hits:


Country Gross (million)

Admissions (million)

Confidential Assignment 




The King




Beauty And The Beast




The Fast And The Furious 8




The Mummy





Source: Screen Daily & Korean Film