‘Parasite’ Becomes Highest-Grossing Foreign-Language Film Of All Time At UK Box Office

Another milestone for Parasite. The Oscar-winning Korean sensation has now become the highest-grossing foreign-language film in UK box office history, surpassing The Passion Of The Christ.

The film already posted a record-breaking debut in the UK, opening with $1.8M including previews from an initial 136 sites, a new milestone for a foreign-language movie. After that start, it expanded to some 400 cinemas, and grosses have snowballed to beyond the $14.6M (£11.08M) Mel Gibson’s Passion took back in 2004.

UK releaser Curzon posted the following celebratory tweet when the film hit the mark yesterday (March 8).

The territory was one of the latest to release, a slot that paid off after its remarkable triumph at this year’s Oscars, when it won four awards including a surprise Best Picture, becoming the first film not in the English language to take that award.

It has grossed close to $250M worldwide, including $52M domestic via Neon and $73M in its native South Korea via CJ. A black-and-white version has now been released in some territories.

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