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‘Parasite’ tops $253 million in worldwide ticket sales

Mar 13,2020
Bong Joon-ho’s “Parasite” topped $253.5 million in worldwide ticket sales, according to Box Office Mojo, a U.S. film revenue tracker, on Friday.

The Oscar-winning Korean black comedy has thus far made $72.6 million in Korea and $52.8 million in the United States. The movie was released in May 2019 in Korea and October 2019 in the United States.

“Parasite” is the best-selling Korean film of all time. Bong’s “Snowpiercer” (2013) grossed $86 million and another Korean film that did well abroad, “Train to Busan” (2016), grossed $92 million worldwide.

In the U.S., "Parasite" is the fourth-highest grossing foreign film of all time, following "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon" (2000) that grossed $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 since its December release there to become the biggest hit of any Korean film in the country.

“Parasite” was named Best Picture at the Academy Awards on Feb. 9, which was the first time that a non-English language film took the top prize. It also won Best Director, Best Original Screenplay and Best International Feature Film.

By Esther Chung, Yonhap