The Oscar-winning Korean film “Parasite” has topped 300 billion won (US$245 million) in worldwide ticket sales, industry data showed on March 13.
According to the data by Box Office Mojo, a U.S. film revenues tracker, the black comedy film earned $253.5 million in the world, including $72.6 million in South Korea and $52.8 million in the US.
A scene from director Bong Joon-ho's "Parasite" (CJ Entertainment)
Released stateside in October last year, “Parasite” is the fourth-highest grossing foreign film in the U.S., following “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon” (2000) with $128.1 million, “Life Is Beautiful” (1997) with $57.2 million and “Hero” (2002) with $53.7 million.
In Japan, the film has raked up a cumulative $38.4 million to become the biggest hit of any Korean film in the country since it was released in December.
Director Bong Joon-ho‘s seventh feature film revolves around two families, one rich and one poor, who become entangled, leading to a series of unexpected violent mishaps.
It won four Oscar titles, including best picture at this year’s Academy Awards, following the top prize at last year‘s Cannes Film Festival.
By Park Ga-young and newswires (email@example.com)