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Cinemas in South Korea - statistics & facts

While 2019 saw quite a few records being broken in Korean cinemas, the COVID-19 pandemic caused the industry to come to an almost standstill in 2020. Many movie theaters were closed temporarily due to social distancing regulations and the temporary halt of various cultural activities. The decrease in both ticket sales and the supply of new films continued during the year, resulting in box office revenue dropping to 510 billion South Korean won, slightly over a quarter of the amount in the previous year. That year, almost 70 percent of the box office revenue was generated with movies from South Korea. The highest-grossing movie that year was The Man Standing Next with around 139.7 billion won in revenue. Despite the popularity of The Man Standing Next in 2020, Extreme Job remains the highest-grossing domestic movie as of date.

Leading cinema chains

As of March 2020, around 100 cinemas were operating in South Koreas capital Seoul with a total of almost 600 movie screens. Nearly all cinemas in South Korea are multiplex theaters operated by one of three large cinema chains: Around half of the market is led by CGV, which is a subsidiary of CJ Corporation, followed by Lotte Cinema and Megabox. Only around 2.8 percent of ticket sales are not connected to one of these chains.

Korean film history

These days, the South Korean film industry is evolving, and its global success is growing. After years of censorship, both during the Japanese occupation and during Park Chung-hee’s authoritarian regime, a wave of “New Korean Cinema” developed right after the Asian financial crisis of 1997. One of South Korea’s first blockbusters was Shiri in 1999, a movie about a North Korean spy in Seoul, selling more than two million tickets in Seoul alone, a record number of that time. Thanks to Hallyu, the Korean culture wave, the success of South Korean movies grew beyond the country’s borders. In early 2020, Parasite by Bong Joon-ho became the first non-English movie to win the Academy Award for Best Picture.

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Cinemas in South Korea - statistics & facts

While 2019 saw quite a few records being broken in Korean cinemas, the COVID-19 pandemic caused the industry to come to an almost standstill in 2020. Many movie theaters were closed temporarily due to social distancing regulations and the temporary halt of various cultural activities. The decrease in both ticket sales and the supply of new films continued during the year, resulting in box office revenue dropping to 510 billion South Korean won, slightly over a quarter of the amount in the previous year. That year, almost 70 percent of the box office revenue was generated with movies from South Korea. The highest-grossing movie that year was The Man Standing Next with around 139.7 billion won in revenue. Despite the popularity of The Man Standing Next in 2020, Extreme Job remains the highest-grossing domestic movie as of date.

Leading cinema chains

As of March 2020, around 100 cinemas were operating in South Koreas capital Seoul with a total of almost 600 movie screens. Nearly all cinemas in South Korea are multiplex theaters operated by one of three large cinema chains: Around half of the market is led by CGV, which is a subsidiary of CJ Corporation, followed by Lotte Cinema and Megabox. Only around 2.8 percent of ticket sales are not connected to one of these chains.

Korean film history

These days, the South Korean film industry is evolving, and its global success is growing. After years of censorship, both during the Japanese occupation and during Park Chung-hee’s authoritarian regime, a wave of “New Korean Cinema” developed right after the Asian financial crisis of 1997. One of South Korea’s first blockbusters was Shiri in 1999, a movie about a North Korean spy in Seoul, selling more than two million tickets in Seoul alone, a record number of that time. Thanks to Hallyu, the Korean culture wave, the success of South Korean movies grew beyond the country’s borders. In early 2020, Parasite by Bong Joon-ho became the first non-English movie to win the Academy Award for Best Picture.

Interesting statistics

In the following 4 chapters, you will quickly find the {amountStatistics} most important statistics relating to "Cinemas in South Korea".

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