March 4, 2016

Korean Box Office Report (February 2016)

A Violent Prosecutor by Lee Il-Hyeong – South Korean | 2016

We present the second industry report on Korean Cinema for 2016.


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
A Violent Prosecutor - Spirits’’ Homecoming - Like for Likes

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

About this report:
This report was made using the information on KoBiz (Korean Film Biz Zone) web page. This special organization is link to the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism of the Republic of Korea.

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