The primary reason for making films is to express art. Though the second important factor after releasing a film is the profit gained from its business. Profit is considered as one of the main focuses while making a film, nobody wants to encounter loss with their films, this is why film producers thoroughly research a film before investing in it. As Korean entertainment is spreading around the globe, naturally the exposure a film normally gets is now doubled after the spreading of Korean entertainment around the globe. These are the topmost profitable Korean films that have gained some huge returns after their release.
1. Train To Busan
One of the most popular Korean films around the world is the zombie flick, Train to Busan. The film stars the Korean star Gong Yoo in the lead. The film got released in 2016 and the plotline focuses on the zombie outbreak and the survival of the passengers in a train. The film is one of the highest-grossing South Korean films of all time.
Parasite is considered one of the best films of 2019. The film got huge critical acclaim and is appreciated for its brilliant storyline. The film received Academy Award, making it the first South Korean film to receive such an accolade. This film was one of the most profitable Korean films and is one of the highest-grossing Korean films internationally.
3. The Two Worlds
The Two Worlds is another South Korean film that is quite profitable. This film is the first film of the two-part movie series, Along With The God. The budget of the film was 18.3 million and the film collected 109.4 million at the box office. The film stars Cha Tae-hyun, Ha Jung-woo, Ju Ji-hoon, and Kim Hyang-gi in the lead. This film is of a fantasy genre and has a sequel that got released in 2018.
4. The Admiral: Roaring Currents
The Admiral: Roaring Currents falls under the most-watched films in South Korea dethroning Avatar. With a production budget of US$18.6 million, it did a box office business of US$138.3 million making it one of the most profitable South Korean films. The film revolves around the plot of the battle of Myeongnyang, which is considered a historical battle. The film got released in 2014.
5. Ode To My Father
This film sold over 14.2 million tickets and is currently ranked fourth in the highest-grossing films of South Korea. This film got released in 2014 with a budget of US$30 million and it earned US$99 million making it a profitable film. This film revolves around an ordinary man who had witnessed the events of Hungnam evacuation, the Vietnam war etc.
The action comedy film Veteran is one of the most profitable South Korean films as it earned US$92 million while the budget was US$5.1 million. The film stars Hwang Jung-min and Yoo Ah-in in the lead roles. The film got released in 2015.
7. The Last 49 Days
The Last 49 Days is the second part of the hit 2017's South Korean film Along with the Gods: The Two Worlds. The film got released in 2018. With a budget of US$18.3 million, the film earned US$92.5 million. This action fantasy film stars the original cast and some new cast such as Ju Ji-hoon, Ha Jung-woo, Kim Hyang-gi, Ma Dong-Seok, and Kim Dong-Wook.
8. Extreme Job
Extreme Job is another South Korean film that earned remarkable profit. With a budget of US$5.8 million, the film earned a total of US$120 million at the box office. The margin between the budget and the earned revenue is huge and thus it ranked second on one of the most viewed films of South Korea. The film got released in 2019.
9. A Taxi Driver
This film is one of the most profitable films of South Korea. With a budget of US$13.8 million, this film did an excellent business and earned a total of US$88.7 million at the box office.
10. The King And The Clown
The King and the Clown are considered as one of the most profitable films of South Korea as it was made with a budget of US$3.5 million and earned a total of US$74.5 million at the box office, the profit margin is very evident. The film got released in 2005 and starred Kam Woo-sung, Jung Jin-young, and Lee Joon-gi in the lead roles. The story revolves around the Joseon dynasty.