Highest grossing domestic movies in South Korea 2020

As of June 2020, Extreme Job was the highest grossing domestic movie with a box office revenue of 139.65 billion South Korean won. The comedy overtook Avatar, the highest grossing foreign movie in the country.

Extreme Job

Extreme job follows a group of young narcotics detectives that are supposed to carry out undercover surveillance of an international drug gang. They buy a chicken restaurant to use it for their undercover operation, but unexpectedly gain popularity for their food. The comedy must have hit the nerve of time, as it became the most watched movie in South Korean cinemas in 2019 and second most watched movie in South Korean history.

Movie exports

In 2019, around 574 South Korean movies were exported and the export value of completed movies was at around 38 million U.S. dollars. The leading destination countries for South Korean movies are typically Asian countries, like Taiwan and Japan, but also includes Western countries, especially the United States. South Korean movies were focus of attention in early 2020, when Parasite by South Korean director Bong Joon-ho won several Oscars, including Best Picture.

Box office revenue of the highest grossing domestic movies in South Korea as of June 2020

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Release date

June 2020


South Korea

Survey time period

June 22, 2020

Supplementary notes

Note: 1,000 South Korean won equal 0.82 U.S. dollars and 0.73 euros as of June 2020.
Figures have been rounded.

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