“Parasite” Becomes 1st Korean Film In 15 Years To Reach No. 1 At Japanese Box Office

On top of all the success that Bong Joon Ho’s “Parasite” has seen so far, it most recently reached No. 1 at the Japanese box office!

“Parasite” is the first Korean film in 15 years to achieve this feat after the 2005 film “A Moment to Remember.”

According to a correspondent of the Japanese entertainment industry on February 17, “Parasite” made $370 million yen (approximately $3.3 million) across 276 theatres nationwide between February 15 and 16, rising to the top of the box office.

The cumulative revenue was recorded to be $2.5 billion yen (approximately $22.7 million). This places “Parasite” as the third most commercially successful Korean film in Japan, after 2005 films “A Moment to Remember” and “April Snow.” The former stars Jung Woo Sung and Son Ye Jin, raking in $3 billion yen (approximately $27.3 million) with the latter also starring Son Ye Jin alongside Bae Yong Joon, recording $2.8 billion yen (approximately $25 million).

Last weekend, the other films ranked in the Japanese box office included “1917” at No. 2, Japanese melodrama “Love is Hard for Otaku” at No. 3, and Japanese horror film “Howling Village” at No. 4. After premiering on December 27 of last year, “Parasite” initially reached No. 5 at the Japanese box office, but rose to the top after winning four Academy Awards earlier this month.

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