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Showbox Entertainment
Native name
Korean name
Revised RomanizationSyobakseu
FormerlyShowbox Mediaplex Co., Inc. (쇼박스㈜미디어플렉스)
Company typeJoint-stock
KRX: 086980 (July 7, 2006)
IndustryEntertainment, media
PredecessorMedia Flex Co., Ltd.
FoundedJune 10, 1999; 24 years ago (1999-06-10) in Seoul, South Korea
FounderYoo Jung-hoon
SuccessorShowbox Co., Ltd.
HeadquartersNambusunhwan, Gangnam,
South Korea
Area served
Key people
Yoo Jung-hoon (CEO & founder)
ServicesFilm distribution
Revenue12,327,000,000 won (2014)
2,086,000,000 won
20000,000 won
Total equity105,272,000,000 won (2014)

Showbox Co., Ltd. (Korean쇼박스) is a South Korean film distribution and production company. It is one of the largest film distribution companies in South Korea, founded in 1999.[1] Showbox is the film investment, production and distribution branch of Mediaplex, Inc., entertainment arm of Orion Group. Its main competitors for domestic box office are CJ Entertainment, Lotte Entertainment and Next Entertainment World. Despite having very short history in the industry, they managed to have top 6 of 10 blockbusters in Korean box office history, number 1 being 2012's The Thieves.


  • June 1996: Establishment of Media Flex Co., Ltd. to enter the movie business.
  • November 1999: Establishment of Megabox to enter the movie theater business.
  • January 2002: Establishment of ShowBox brand and start of movie distribution investment.
  • December 2002: Their first film Sex Is Zero premiers and becomes the fifth most popular film of 2002; selling 4 million tickets.
  • February 2004: Taegukgi premiers and hits a new record of 11.74 million tickets sold.
  • August 2005: Welcome to Dongmakgol premiers and becomes (at the time) as the fourth highest grossing South Korean film of all time; selling 8 million tickets.
  • July 2006: The Host premiers and setting a new record of being (at the time) the highest grossing South Korean film of all time; selling 13 million tickets.
  • July 2007: Megabox is sold to Macquarie Investment Fund.
  • August 2007:D-War premiers and setting a new record of being (at the time) the highest-budgeted South Korean film of all time; selling 8.42 million tickets.
  • February 2008: The Chaser premiers and sells 5 million tickets.
  • July 2009: Take Off premiers and becomes the 2nd most attended film of the year in South Korea; selling 8.39 million tickets.
  • February 2010: Secret Reunion premiers and becomes one of the highest grossing Korean films of 2010; selling 5.5 million tickets.
  • January 2011: Detective K: Secret of the Virtuous Widow premiers and becomes the 4th best selling Korean film of 2011; selling 4.78 million tickets.
  • February 2012: Nameless Gangster: Rules of the Time premiers and sells 4.71 million thousand tickets.
  • July 2012: The Thieves premiers and becomes (at the time) as the fifth highest-grossing movie in Korean film history; selling 12.9 million tickets.
  • May 2013: Secretly, Greatly premiers and breaks several box office records in South Korea: the highest single day opening for a domestic film, most tickets sold in one day for a domestic film, the biggest opening weekend, the highest-grossing webtoon-based film, and the fastest movie to reach the million, two million, three million, and four million marks in audience number; selling 4.71 million tickets.[2][3]
  • September 2013: The Face Reader premiers and became one of the highest-grossing films in South Korea in 2013; selling 9.1 million tickets.[4]
  • May 2014: A Hard Day premiers and sells 3.44 million tickets.[5]
  • February 2015: Detective K: Secret of the Lost Island premiers and the 9th highest-grossing film of 2015; selling 3.87 million tickets.[6][7]
  • March 2015: entered into an exclusive partnership with one of the biggest Chinese entertainment companies, Huayi Brothers, and expanding its way to China and a co-produced partnership with the Hollywood genre movie studio Blumhouse.[8][9]
  • June 2015: Changed the company names from Showbox Mediaplex Co., Inc. to Showbox Co., Ltd., in a step to unify the brand name.
  • March 2019: Showbox entered the drama production industry. It signed a consignment deal with generalist network JTBC, being the second film company to do so (the first being NEW).[10]



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Year Title Production Country Release date[a] Production type Notes
2002 Addicted South Korea October 25, 2002 Live action Distribution[b]
Sex Is Zero December 12, 2002
2003 Double Agent January 24, 2003
Garden of Heaven April 4, 2003
Adaptation United States May 5, 2003
Oh Brothers South Korea September 5, 2003
Underworld United States September 26, 2003
  • Import
  • Distribution
Silver Knife South Korea October 24, 2003 Distribution
North Korean Guys December 31, 2003
2004 Ice Rain January 16, 2004
Spy Girl January 30, 2004 Provider
Taegukgi February 5, 2004
The Human Stain United States March 3, 2004
  • Import
  • Distribution
Dance with Solitude South Korea March 19, 2004 Distribution
The Last Wolf April 4, 2004
The Big Swindle April 15, 2004
The President's Barber May 5, 2004
Ong-Bak: Muay Thai Warrior Thailand May 26, 2004
  • Import
  • Distribution
Dead Friend South Korea June 17, 2004 Distribution
One Missed Call Japan September 7, 2004
  • Import
  • Distribution
Temptation of Wolves South Korea July 22, 2004 Distribution
To Catch a Virgin Ghost August 13, 2004
Around the World in 80 Days United States September 17, 2004
  • Import
  • Distribution
Crying Out Love in the Center of the World Japan October 10, 2004 Distribution
The Scarlet Letter South Korea October 29, 2004 Provider
The Butterfly Effect United States November 12, 2004 Distribution
Blade: Trinity December 15, 2004
  • Import
  • Distribution
Shinsukki Blues South Korea December 30, 2004 Provider

Television series[edit]

Year Title Original title Network Associated production Ref.
2020 Itaewon Class 이태원 클라쓰 JTBC Zium Content
Itaewon Class Production Partners
TBA Dolled Up 대세녀 TBA [10]


  1. ^ Release date in South Korea
  2. ^ In South Korea


  1. ^ "ShowBox 회사연혁" [ShowBox History]. www.showbox.co.kr. HOME > COMPANY (in Korean).
  2. ^ Byun, hee-won (June 10, 2013). "Secretly Greatly Blazes Trail at Box Office by Tapping Teen Audience". The Chosun Ilbo. Retrieved June 10, 2013.
  3. ^ Yun, Suh-young (June 10, 2013). "Secretly success shows teen power at box office". The Korea Times. Retrieved June 19, 2013.
  4. ^ Lee, Hyo-won (November 1, 2013). "The Face Reader Shines at South Korea's Dae Jong Film Awards". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved November 5, 2013.
  5. ^ "A Hard Day (2014)". Korean Film Biz Zone. Retrieved June 12, 2015.
  6. ^ Kim, Hee-eun (June 10, 2014). "Detective K team returns to set". Korea JoongAng Daily. Retrieved December 15, 2014.
  7. ^ Tae, Sang-joon (June 16, 2014). "DETECTIVE K: LABORER'S DAUGHTER to Crankin in June". Korean Film Biz Zone. Retrieved December 15, 2014.
  8. ^ Lee, Hyo-won (March 25, 2015). "South Korea's Showbox and China's Huayi Bros. Ink Co-Production Deal". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved December 4, 2017.
  9. ^ "Hand In Hand With China - Korea-Chinese Co-production Creates Global Demand". Business Korea. March 26, 2015. Retrieved December 4, 2017.
  10. ^ a b c [단독] 쇼박스 첫 드라마 '이태원클라쓰'·'대세녀', JTBC에서 본다
  11. ^ 박서준X김다미X유재명 '이태원클라쓰' 캐스팅 확정(공식)