After taking South Korea by storm, The Admiral: Roaring Currents — the story about the real-life battle of Myeong-Nyang in 1597 when the Japanese invaded Korea — has broken an eight-year record to become the highest-grossing Korean-language film ever in North America. This comes after it whipped up 17M admissions to become the most-watched film of all time in South Korea, where it broke numerous box office records. To date, the period actioner has grossed $2.5M stateside after five weeks of release.
Previously, the highest-grossing Korean-language film in the U.S. was filmmaker Bong Joon-ho’s The Host, which debuted in 2006 via Magnolia in 116 screens and tapped out at $2.2M.
The Admiral follows the top naval officer Yi Sun-shin, who won the battle against the Japanese fleet of 330 ships with only 12 of his own. His heroic tale is legendary in Korea. The film is currently playing on 14 screens in the U.S. in Los Angeles, New York, Philadelphia, Atlanta, Portland and other select cities.