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  • We Are on the Roll These Days
  • by KIM Hyun-jung /  Feb 07, 2017
  • Box Office Records of Korean Top Stars
     

    Local films are already dominating the first, second and fourth places at the Korean box office after only a month in 2017; Confidential Assignment (5.87 million viewers), The King (4.83 million viewers) and Master (7.15 million viewers, released in December 2015) as of February 4th. One of the most noticeable points is that these movies starred actors who recently continue string of box office successes. 

    Master came in eleventh and fourth places at the box office in 2016 and 2017 respectively, although it was released on December 21st, 2016. Its main actors are LEE Byung-hun and GANG Dong-won. In the case of LEE, Inside Men (2015) came in fifth place at the 2015 box office with 7.05 million moviegoers, and Masquerade (2012) was in the second place at the 2012 box office with 12.3 million entries. He has been fairly well considering that he has worked in Hollywood. GANG’s record is also splendid. It has been a while after Secret Reunion (2010), but he made a huge comeback with KUNDO : Age of the Rampant (2014), which ranked ninth at the box office attracting 4.8 million audiences. The Priests (2015) climbed up to 11th place with 5.44 million spectators and A Violent Prosecutor (2016) hold the second rank with 9.07 million filmgoers. 

    In addition, YOO Hae-jin is making successive hits after consolidating his position as a leading actor in LUCK-KEY while Confidential Assignment topped to beat The King. The latter darted to number one when the two were released on the same day. LUCK-KEY (2016) landed seventh place at the box office in 2016 drawing 6.98 million admissions.  

    Meanwhile, HWANG Jung-min hasn’t appeared in any film this year yet, but he has the strongest power at the recent local box office. He starred in Ode to My Father (2014, 14.16 million viewers) which took second place in the all-time Korean box office and in Veteran (2015, 13.4 million viewers) which topped the box office chart in 2015. Moreover, A Violent Prosecutor featuring with GANG Dong-won was the second best at the box office in 2016. 
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