Dozens of Korean films of various genres will be screened throughout 2021. Several films such as Escape from Mogadishu and Sinkhole managed to dominate the South Korean box office in 2021. Here are the 5 highest-grossing local films in Korea throughout 2021.
1. Escape from Mogadishu
Escape from Mogadishu tells the life and death story of runaway workers at the North and South Korean embassies who are stranded in the midst of the Somali Civil War. Escape from Mogadishu is the latest film from Ryoo Seung-wan who directed Veterans in 2015. This true story-inspired film stars Kim Yun-seok, Zo In-Sung, and Heo Joon-ho.
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Jo In-sung’s latest film is the only Korean film to sell more than 3 million tickets at the local box office this year. Since airing July 28, 2021, Escape from Mogadishu has sold more than 3.6 million tickets or the equivalent of US$28.9 million.
Sinkhole is a natural disaster tragedy film as well as a comedy that tells the story of the struggles of many people’s lives when the foundation and place they stand on and their house suddenly collapses.
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The story begins with Park Dong-won (Kim Sung-kyun), a man who has been saving for 11 years to be able to buy his own house. However, the house disappeared within minutes as a sinkhole horribly opened in the center of town.
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Sinkhole has sold more than 2.1 million tickets since it premiered on August 11, 2021. That’s the equivalent of $17.9 million.
3. Hostage: Missing Celebrity
Hostage: Missing Celebrity tells the story of the kidnapping of a famous Korean actor named Hwang Jung-min. He was kidnapped after attending the premiere of his film which took place in downtown Seoul, South Korea.
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When the unfortunate incident happened to him, the actor actually thought that the incident was just a joke. He was relaxed and calm. Since airing August 18, 2021, Hostage: Missing Celebrity has sold more than 1.6 million tickets, which equates to $13 million.
4. On the Line
On the Line is a crime action film that tells the story of Seo-joon (Byun Yo-han) who becomes the victim of a voice phishing crime group. He then worked hard to find the center of the voice phishing crime group in China. There, he meets Pro Kwak (Kim Moo-yul), the mastermind behind voice phishing. On the Line has sold more than 1.4 million tickets worth US$11.7 million since it premiered September 15, 2021.
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5. Hard Hits
Hard Hit is an action thriller film that tells the story of Sung-kyu (Jo Woo-jin), a bank manager who suddenly faces a life and death situation when he receives a phone call.Hard Hit is directed by Kim Chang-ju. This film also stars Ji Chang-wook, Lee Jae-in, Jin Kyung, Kim Ji-ho, Jun Suk-ho. This film has sold more than 955,000 tickets or the equivalent of US $ 7.6 million.