Korean cop comedy makes strong showing in N. America

March 7, 2019

 ”Extreme Job,” the highest-grossing movie of all time in South Korea, has also created a sensation in North American theaters, the film’s local distributor said Wednesday.

The Korean cop comedy has posted about US$1.4 million in ticket sales in 15 North American cities, including Los Angeles, New York and Chicago, in the fifth week of its run, CJ Entertainment said.

It became the ninth most popular Korean film of all time in North America.

In South Korea, the flick had raked in 138.21 billion won (US$122.47 million) by Wednesday, well past the 135.75 billion won for South Korea’s all-time top admissions record-holder, “Roaring Currents.” Still, “Extreme Job” has fewer admissions than the 2014 naval battle drama’s 17.6 million.

Released by CJ Entertainment, “Extreme Job” revolves around a team of goofy anti-drug cops who open a fried chicken restaurant to stake out an organized drug crime ring.

A poster for "Extreme Job," provided by CJ Entertainment (Yonhap)

A poster for “Extreme Job,” provided by CJ Entertainment (Yonhap)