Edited by Hong Hyun Jung
Translated by Hana Lee
Hero attracted over 1 million moviegoers on the eighth day of its December 21st release. However, whether the movie will break even by pulling in another 3.5 million viewers remains unclear, as Avatar: The Way of Water is staying strong at the top of the Korean box office. Only eight South Korean films released in 2022 broke even, as most of them were dethroned by Hollywood blockbusters released around the same time during the pandemic. Here, we rounded up the eight movies that broke even and made profits this year. (The number of audiences is based on the data collected on December 27th.)
Park Chan Wook’s Decision to Leave brought in exactly 1,893,301 spectators and reached the break-even point of 1.2 million people. Competing with Top Gun: Maverick and Thor: Love and Thunder, the movie sparked a rewatch craze among viewers.
Go Kyung Pyo and Lee Yi Kyung’s 6/45 attracted a total of 1,980,773 audiences and reached the break-even point of 160 million people. Although it did not garner much attention before its release, the positive word of mouth and its lightly amusing comedy drew audiences to theaters after its box office debut.
The highly anticipated sequel of The Witch — The Witch: Part 2 The Other One — drew in 2,806,501 people in audience and reached the break-even point of 2 million viewers. Now all eyes are on whether it will get a third installment or not.
The Night Owl, starring Yoo Hae Jin and Ryu Jun Yeol, is the only film released this fall that broke even. The period film registered a total of 3,136,826 people in cinemas, surpassing the break-even point of 2.1 million people. According to film reports, the flick is currently sailing smoothly at the box office.
Lee Jung Jae’s directorial debut film Hunt surpassed 4.2 million ticket sales and broke even just 31 days after its release. The flick attracted much attention as Lee Jung Jae and Jung Woo Sung actively promoted their co-starring movie. A total of 4,352,394 people watched the movie.
Confidential Assignment‘s sequel had the Thanksgiving box office all to itself. It made profits by registering more than 3.5 million moviegoers on its seventh day of release. As it recorded a cumulative audience of 6,982,840 people, fans are hoping for its third installment.
Following Roaring Currents, Hansan: Rising Dragon is the Korean blockbuster film that reached the break-even point of 6 million viewers. It luckily pulled in 7,264,936 people and received favorable reviews from both critics and audiences. Noryang: The Sea of Death, the third installment of the Yi Sun Sin trilogy, is slated for its release in 2023.
The Roundup was the top-grossing film of this year. It became the only movie that hit the 10-million mark by attracting 12,693,322 viewers. The film made huge profits as its initial break-even point was only 1.5 million viewers. Its success was all thanks to the brilliant release strategy and positive word of mouth.
Edited Hong Hyun Jung: I am a K-content guide who publishes various articles for people to enjoy Korean movies and dramas deeper and richer. I’ll introduce you to the works that you can laugh, cry and sympathize with.