Highest grossing movies in South Korea 2019

The highest grossing movie in South Korean cinemas in 2019 was Extreme Job, taking a revenue of around 139.7 billion South Korean won. The movie was the highest grossing movie at South Korean box offices of all time as of November 2019.

A year of new records

2019 has been a great year for South Korean cinemas. It saw a record number of ticket sales, around 225.7 million in total, as well as a record box office revenue of around 1.91 trillion South Korean won, showing a 4.8 percent and a 5.5 percent increase compared to the previous year respectively. Domestic productions accounted for around half of the box office revenue that year, with big hits like Extreme Job and the Oscar-winning movie Parasite. 2019 also saw the release of international blockbuster hits, like Avengers: Endgame, which ended up being the second highest grossing foreign movie ever to be shown in South Korea.

Disney productions lead the box office

Movies produced by Disney are performing extremely well worldwide. South Korea is no exception: Avengers: Endgame was the highest grossing foreign movie in South Korean box offices in 2019, with a revenue of around 122.2 billion won, closely followed by Frozen 2 and Aladdin. Nevertheless, the success was tainted after the company got sued over their monopoly on South Korean cinema screens. According to the Public Welfare Committee, the company broke the antitrust law by showing the movie on 88 percent of all screens on November 23, the first Saturday after release. On that day, around 1.66 million tickets were sold, resulting in a revenue of 14.32 billion won. According to the antitrust law, a company may not occupy more than half of the market.

Box office revenue of the highest grossing movies in South Korea in 2019

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Release date

January 2020


South Korea

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Supplementary notes

Note: 1,000 South Korean won equal 0.86 U.S. dollars and 0.77 euros as of January 2020.

Date given here is the day of data access.

Figures have been rounded.

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