[HanCinema's News] "Extreme Job" Hits #2 on All-time Box Office
By William Schwartz | Published on
"Extreme Job" hit a major milestone over the last weekend as it passed 14.53 million admissions. This now puts the film at #2 on the all-time South Korean Box Office list. It has surpassed "Along With the Gods: The Two Worlds" and is now only outperformed by "The Admiral: Roaring Currents", whose 17.61 million admission record is unlikely to break.
"Extreme Job" has been a huge hit for CJ Entertainment and has massively outperformed expectations, especially given how 2018 was a weak year for major blockbusters. The achievement of "Extreme Job" is all the more impressive considering the movie's fairly mundane comedic plot. It centers around a team of five inept police officers who attempt to monitor a criminal gang by buying out a failing fried chicken restaurant.
"Extreme Job" came out on January 23rd. As has usually been the case with South Korea's 10 million plus megahits, its achievement was accomplished slowly through positive word of mouth. The film is in its 26th day of release, and has maintained the top box office position throughout every day since then. Relatively weak competition over that time has likely contributed to the film's success, with only "Hit-and-Run Squad" and "Innocent Witness" showing very modest results against "Extreme Job" over that same period. American films released over this time have been similarly trifling.
Written by William Schwartz
Staff writer. Has been writing articles for HanCinema since 2012, having lived in South Korea since 2011. Started out in Gyeongju, then to Daegu, then to Ansan, then to Yeongju, then to Seoul, lived on the road for HanCinema's travel diaries series in the summer of 2016, and is currently settled in Anyang. Has good tips for utilizing South Korea's public bus system. William Schwartz can be contacted via firstname.lastname@example.org. He also has a substack at williamschwartz.substack.com where he discusses the South Korean film industry in broader terms and takes suggestions for future movies to review.