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Last month, despite a month-long drought of new releases, the homegrown action comedy “Mission: Possible” performed well at the box office in South Korea, according to data released Tuesday.

According to data from the Korean Film Council, the comedy film starring Lee Sun-bin and Kim Young-kwang, which was released on Feb. 17, had a total of 331,000 viewers in February alone (KOFIC).

It came in third at the box office for the month, trailing only the Disney-Pixar drama “Soul,” which drew over 1.8 million people, and the Japanese animated film “Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba the Movie: Mugen Train,” which drew nearly 900,000.

Korean films attracted a combined 680,000 people last month, accounting for 21.9 percent of the month’s total audience of 3.1 million, thanks to the better-than-expected performance of “Mission.”

The percentage increased from 7.8 percent of 1.79 million moviegoers in January, which was a new low.

Furthermore, it is the first time a South Korean film has surpassed 300,000 monthly viewers since November, when two homegrown films, the caper film “Collectors” and the drama “Samjin Company English Class,” did so.

The comedy “Best Friend” and the romance “Josee” were the second and third highest grossing films in December, but both fell short of the 300,000 mark.

In January, no Korean-produced films drew more than 50,000 people, while “Soul” and “Demon Slayer” drew a combined 1 million people. With 42,000 viewers, the indie drama “Three Sisters” was the most-watched Korean film in January.

The nationwide nighttime curfew and strong social distancing in January had a significant impact on the South Korean film industry, which had seen an increase in moviegoers during the winter break. (Yonhap News Agency)

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