List of highest-grossing films in South Korea

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The following are lists of the highest-grossing films in South Korea, by receipts and the number of tickets sold nationwide.

Domestic films by admissions[edit]

This is listed by the tickets sold nationwide, as of January 8, 2017, according to the Korean Film Council.[1]

Rank English title Korean title Director Admissions Year
1 The Admiral: Roaring Currents 명량 Kim Han-min 17,614,679 2014
2 Ode to My Father 국제시장 Yoon Je-kyoon 14,262,139 2014
3 Veteran 베테랑 Ryoo Seung-wan 13,413,986 2015
4 The Host 괴물 Bong Joon-ho 13,019,740 2006
5 The Thieves 도둑들 Choi Dong-hoon 12,983,821 2012
6 Miracle in Cell No. 7 7번방의 선물 Lee Hwan-kyung 12,811,213 2013
7 Assassination 암살 Choi Dong-hoon 12,704,656 2015
8 Masquerade 광해, 왕이 된 남자 Choo Chang-min 12,323,555 2012
9 King and the Clown 왕의 남자 Lee Joon-ik 12,302,831 2005
10 Taegukgi 태극기 휘날리며 Kang Je-gyu 11,746,135 2004
11 Train to Busan 부산행 Yeon Sang-ho 11,563,794 2016
12 Haeundae 해운대 Yoon Je-kyoon 11,453,338 2009
13 The Attorney 변호인 Yang Woo-suk 11,374,861 2013
14 Silmido 실미도 Kang Woo-suk 11,081,000 2003
15 A Violent Prosecutor 검사외전 Lee Il-hyung 9,706,314 2016
16 Snowpiercer 설국열차 Bong Joon-ho 9,350,227 2013
17 The Face Reader 관상 Han Jae-rim 9,135,540 2013
18 Inside Men 내부자들 Woo Min-ho 9,126,532 2015
19 Take Off 국가 대표 Kim Yong-hwa 8,845,330 2009
20 The Pirates 해적: 바다로 간 산적 Lee Seok-hoon 8,666,046 2014
21 Miss Granny 수상한 그녀 Hwang Dong-hyuk 8,658,691 2014
22 D-War 디 워 Shim Hyung-rae 8,426,973 2007
23 Scandal Makers 과속 스캔들 Kang Hyeong-cheol 8,245,523 2008
24 Friend 친구 Kwak Kyung-taek 8,134,500 2001
25 Welcome to Dongmakgol 웰컴 투 동막골 Park Kwang-hyun 8,008,622 2005
26 The Himalayas 히말라야 Lee Seok-hoon 7,758,473 2015
27 The Age of Shadows 밀정 Kim Jee-woon 7,499,753 2016
28 War of the Arrows 최종병기 활 Kim Han-min 7,482,180 2011
29 Sunny 써니 Kang Hyeong-cheol 7,453,393 2011
30 May 18 화려한 휴가 Kim Ji-hoon 7,307,993 2007
31 The Berlin File 베를린 Ryoo Seung-wan 7,166,290 2013
32 The Tunnel 터널 Kim Seong-hoon 7,120,172 2016
33 A Werewolf Boy 늑대 소년 Jo Sung-hee 7,069,127 2012
34 Operation Chromite 인천상륙작전 John H. Lee (Lee Jae-han) 7,049,332 2016
35 Luck Key 럭키 Lee Gae-byok 6,974,122 2016
36 Secretly, Greatly 은밀하게 위대하게 Jang Cheol-soo 6,963,821 2013
37 The Wailing 곡성 Na Hong-jin 6,877,946 2016
38 Tazza: The High Rollers 타짜 Choi Dong-hoon 6,847,777 2006
39 The Good, the Bad, the Weird 좋은 놈, 나쁜 놈, 이상한 놈 Kim Jee-woon 6,686,949 2008
40 200 Pounds Beauty 미녀는 괴로워 Kim Yong-hwa 6,619,498 2006
41 Master 마스터 Cho Ui-seok 6,515,891 2016
42 The Man from Nowhere 아저씨 Lee Jeong-beom 6,282,774 2010
43 The Throne 사도 Lee Joon-ik 6,245,324 2015
44 Jeon Woo-chi: The Taoist Wizard 전우치 Choi Dong-hoon 6,136,928 2009
45 My Boss, My Teacher 투사부일체 Kim Dong-won 6,105,431 2006
46 Northern Limit Line 연평해전 Kim Hak-soon 6,044,537 2015
47 Joint Security Area 공동경비구역 JSA Park Chan-wook 5,830,000 2000
48 Shiri 쉬리 Kang Je-gyu 5,820,000 1999
49 Marrying the Mafia II 가문의 위기 Jeong Yong-ki 5,635,266 2005
50 Hide and Seek 숨바꼭질 Huh Jung 5,604,106 2013

Films by admissions[edit]

This is listed by the tickets sold nationwide, as of August 31, 2015.

Rank English title Title in Korean Director Admissions Year
1 The Admiral: Roaring Currents 명량 Kim Han-min 17,607,820 2014
2 Ode to My Father 국제시장 Yoon Je-kyoon 14,254,955 2014
3 Avatar 아바타 James Cameron 13,624,328 2009
4 The Host 괴물 Bong Joon-ho 13,019,740 2006
5 The Thieves 도둑들 Choi Dong-hoon 12,983,330 2012
6 Miracle in Cell No. 7 7번방의 선물 Lee Hwan-kyung 12,810,776 2013
7 Masquerade 광해, 왕이 된 남자 Choo Chang-min 12,319,542 2012
8 King and the Clown 왕의 남자 Lee Joon-ik 12,302,831 2005
9 Assassination 암살 Choi Dong-hoon 12,192,697 2015
10 Taegukgi 태극기 휘날리며 Kang Je-gyu 11,746,135 2004
11 Haeundae 해운대 Yoon Je-kyoon 11,453,338 2009
12 The Attorney 변호인 Yang Woo-suk 11,375,954 2013
13 Silmido 실미도 Kang Woo-suk 11,081,000 2003
14 Veteran 베테랑 Ryoo Seung-wan 10,812,112 2015
15 Avengers: Age of Ultron 어벤져스: 에이지 오브 울트론 Joss Whedon 10,494,499 2015
16 Frozen 겨울왕국 Chris Buck, Jennifer Lee 10,295,483 2014
17 Interstellar 인터스텔라 Christopher Nolan 10,105,249 2014
18 Snowpiercer 설국열차 Bong Joon-ho 9,341,747 2013
19 The Face Reader 관상 Han Jae-rim 9,135,492 2013
20 Iron Man 3 아이언맨 3 Shane Black 9,001,309 2013
21 The Pirates 해적: 바다로 간 산적 Lee Seok-hoon 8,665,503 2014
22 Miss Granny 수상한 그녀 Hwang Dong-hyuk 8,656,417 2014
23 Take Off 국가 대표 Kim Yong-hwa 8,845,330 2009
24 D-War 디 워 Shim Hyung-rae 8,426,973 2007
25 Scandal Makers 과속 스캔들 Kang Hyeong-cheol 8,245,523 2008
26 Friend 친구 Kwak Kyung-taek 8,134,500 2001
27 Welcome to Dongmakgol 웰컴 투 동막골 Park Kwang-hyun 8,008,622 2005
28 Transformers: Dark of the Moon 트랜스포머 3 Michael Bay 7,784,807 2011
29 Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol 미션 임파서블: 고스트 프로토콜 Brad Bird 7,575,899 2011
30 War of the Arrows 최종병기 활 Kim Han-min 7,482,180 2011
31 Sunny 써니 Kang Hyeong-cheol 7,453,029 2011
32 Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen 트랜스포머: 패자의 역습 Michael Bay 7,437,802 2009
33 Transformers 트랜스포머 Michael Bay 7,437,443 2007
34 May 18 화려한 휴가 Kim Ji-hoon 7,307,993 2007
35 The Berlin File 베를린 Ryoo Seung-wan 7,166,177 2013
36 The Avengers 어벤져스 Joss Whedon 7,074,867 2012
37 A Werewolf Boy 늑대 소년 Jo Sung-hee 7,068,920 2012
38 Secretly, Greatly 은밀하게 위대하게 Jang Cheol-soo 6,963,821 2013
39 Tazza: The High Rollers 타짜 Choi Dong-hoon 6,847,777 2006
40 The Good, the Bad, the Weird 좋은 놈, 나쁜 놈, 이상한 놈 Kim Jee-woon 6,686,949 2008
41 200 Pounds Beauty 미녀는 괴로워 Kim Yong-hwa 6,619,498 2006
42 The Dark Knight Rises 다크 나이트 라이즈 Christopher Nolan 6,396,615 2012
43 The Man from Nowhere 아저씨 Lee Jeong-beom 6,282,774 2010
44 Jeon Woo-chi: The Taoist Wizard 전우치 Choi Dong-hoon 6,136,928 2009
45 Kingsman: The Secret Service 킹스맨: 시크릿 에이전트 Matthew Vaughn 6,129,681 2015
46 My Boss, My Teacher 투사부일체 Kim Dong-won 6,105,431 2006
47 Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation 미션 임파서블: 로그네이션 Christopher McQuarrie 6,075,860 2015
48 Northern Limit Line 연평해전 Kim Hak-soon 6,040,555 2015
49 The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King 반지의 제왕: 왕의 귀환 Peter Jackson 5,960,000 2003
50 Inception 인셉션 Christopher Nolan 5,926,948 2010

Domestic films by gross (in South Korean won)[edit]

This is a list of box office gross of domestic films, in South Korean won, in South Korea (not adjusted for inflation).

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Title Genre Screened
period (in weeks)
Gross (₩) Year Ref
The Admiral: Roaring Currents historical war 7 115,940,037,913 2014 [2]
The Thieves heist film 10 91,400,903,346 2012 [3]
King and the Clown historical drama 12 72,612,933,980 2005 [4]
Nameless Gangster: Rules of the Time gangster film noir 9 36,719,761,210 2012 [5]
My Annoying Brother Drama 10 36,564,092,274 2016 [6]
The Grand Heist historical comedy 5 33,693,067,319 2012 [7]
Deranged science fiction horror thriller 5 31,992,014,698 2012 [8]
Architecture 101 romantic drama 10 31,523,522,970 2012 [9]
Dancing Queen romantic comedy 7 29,424,263,225 2012 [10]
Unbowed drama 5 24,918,771,501 2012 [11]
Quick contemporary action comedy 7 22,916,786,835 2011 [12]
Spellbound supernatural romantic comedy 6 21,823,393,483 2011 [13]
Confession of Murder action thriller drama 6 19,955,985,636 2012 [14]
Le Grand Chef cookery drama 6 18,472,917,203 2007 [15]
The Client courtroom thriller 7 17,794,632,742 2011 [16]
A Better Tomorrow contemporary gangster drama 6 11,625,641,080 2010 [17]
Wonderful Radio romantic comedy 3 6,635,736,640 2012 [18]
I Am a King historical comedy 2 5,037,762,632 2012 [19]
You're My Pet romantic comedy 4 3,767,055,871 2011 [20]
Le Grand Chef 2: Kimchi Battle cookery drama 8 3,232,220,660 2010 [21]
Code Name: Jackal action comedy 2 1,351,848,104 2012 [22]

Domestic films by gross (in US Dollar)[edit]

This is a list of box office gross of domestic films in South Korea which were released from 2007 until 2016, in US Dollar (not adjusted for inflation).

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Rank Title Genre Gross (US$) Year Ref
1 The Admiral: Roaring Currents historical war 131,556,156 2014 [23]
2 Veteran crime comedy 90,498,430 2015 [24]
3 Train to Busan apocalypse horror thriller 87,543,536 2016 [25]
4 The Thieves heist film 82,672,356 2012 [26]
5 Miracle in Cell No. 7 melodrama 81,876,222 2013 [27]
6 Masquerade historical film 81,829,156 2012 [26]
7 The Attorney courtroom drama 77,796,780 2013 [27]
8 Tidal Wave disaster film 67,988,064 2009 [28]
9 A Violent Prosecutor crime film 66,600,000 2016 [29]
10 The Pirates period adventure 64,414,955 2014 [23]
11 Inside Men political thriller 62,950,000 2015 [30]
12 The Face Reader historical drama 61,043,308 2013 [27]
13 Snowpiercer science fiction action 59,802,711 2013 [27]
14 Miss Granny comedy drama 58,260,947 2014 [23]
15 The Age of Shadows action thriller 53,926,613 2016 [31]
16 Take Off sport drama 52,109,102 2009 [28]
17 The Tunnel survival drama 51,299,527 2016 [32]
18 The Wailing horror film 51,261,551 2016 [33]
19 Sunny comedy drama 50,764,703 2011 [34]
20 War of the Arrows period action 50,295,031 2011 [34]
21 Operation Chromite war drama 50,000,000 2016 [35]
22 May 18 historical military drama 48,829,455 2007 [36]
23 The Berlin File spy thriller 48,146,202 2013 [27]
24 Luck Key comedy film 47,531,666 2016 [35]
25 The Himalayas drama film 45,870,000 2015 [37]
26 A Werewolf Boy fantasy romance 45,359,504 2012 [26]
27 Secretly, Greatly action comedy-drama 43,186,902 2013 [27]
28 The Man from Nowhere action thriller 42,484,155 2010 [38]
29 Scandal Makers comedy drama 41,281,917 2008 [39]
30 The Last Princess period drama 40,350,607 2016 [35]
31 Jeon Woo-chi: The Taoist Wizard fantasy action 38,615,945 2009 [28]
32 Secret Reunion action thriller 36,280,220 2010 [38]
33 The Good, the Bad, the Weird western film 36,008,317 2008 [39]
34 The Chaser crime thriller 35,760,133 2008 [39]
35 Kundo: Age of the Rampant period action 35,660,333 2014 [23]
36 The Terror Live thriller 35,659,824 2013 [27]
37 Nameless Gangster: Rules of the Time gangster film noir 32,471,226 2012 [26]
38 The Crucible drama 30,723,856 2011 [34]
39 The Grand Heist historical comedy 30,158,762 2012 [26]
40 Deranged science fiction horror thriller 28,444,173 2012 [26]
41 Architecture 101 romantic drama 26,618,527 2012 [26]
42 Dancing Queen romantic comedy 26,411,266 2012 [26]
43 Unbowed drama 22,132,903 2012 [26]
44 Moss mystery thriller 21,922,944 2010 [38]
45 Quick contemporary action comedy 21,532,667 2011 [34]
46 The Front Line war film 20,618,627 2011 [34]
47 71: Into the Fire war drama 20,528,451 2010 [38]
48 Friend: The Great Legacy gangster drama 20,502,243 2013 [27]
49 My Girlfriend Is an Agent romantic action comedy 20,452,287 2009 [28]
50 Le Grand Chef cookery drama 20,028,922 2007 [36]

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