‘Parasite’ Crosses $11M, On Its Way To Potential $20M: How Neon Turned The Bong Joon-Ho South Korean Pic Into A B.O. Success

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Despite pumping out some of the most riveting cinema in the world, South Korea has long flailed at the domestic box office. Until now, with Neon’s release of Bong Joon-ho’s Cannes Film Festival Palme D’or winner Parasite, which soared past $11.278M this weekend, with many distribution sources projecting the pic’s stateside endgame at $20M.

Worldwide, Parasite has amassed $106.7M, 67% of that gross coming from South Korea, easily making the pic the helmer’s highest-grossing title of all-time. Joon-ho’s previous global best was 2006’s The Host ($89.4M), followed by 2013’s Snowpiercer ($87M), the latter of which was his best stateside with $4.6M.

Parasite‘s current running B.O. is literally on the verge of besting such foreign language pics as 2007 Best Foreign Language Oscar winner The Lives of Others ($11.286M), and will soon overtake the original Swedish version of The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo ($12.7M
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