The measure of a film's success in the Korean market is the number of tickets sold, not the receipts, and rare is the release that is able to sell 10 million admissions.Extreme Job, released by CJ Entertainment in late January, became the 23rd film all time to reach that milestone and it did so within the span of just 15 days. With over 16 million admissions it ranks second all time behindThe Admiral: Roaring Currentsand is the highest grossing film of all time with over $125 million off a budget of around $5.8 million. It had a brief run here in North America as well.
The story involves a group of underperforming police detectives who in a desperate bid to save their jobs buy a failing fried chicken restaurant next to the headquarters of a drug gang and use it as a base of surveillance, gathering evidence that would lead to arresting the criminals. Their task becomes more difficult when a new recipe they try out for the chicken becomes wildly popular (in real life there are now shops in Korea selling fried chicken based on the recipe developed for this movie).
Following the success of the original recipe...err, I mean version...there are now plans in the works for an American remake, coproduced by CJ Entertainment and Universal Pictures, with Kevin Hart attached as the lead.