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2010/02/27 16:32 KST
'Avatar' rewrites S. Korean box office history

SEOUL, Feb. 27 (Yonhap) -- James Cameron's science fiction film 'Avatar' on Saturday rewrote South Korea's box office history again as it toppled a monster blockbuster film to become No. 1 in terms of number of tickets sold, the film's distributor said.

The film's local distributor, 20th Century Fox Korea, said that the number of moviegoers for 'Avatar' surpassed 13.01 million on Saturday afternoon -- the previous record figure for the 2006 homegrown release 'The Host" directed by Bong Joon-ho. 'Avatar' was released here in December.
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The epic sci-fi fantasy, which tells the story of a disabled U.S. marine who infiltrates a tribe of giant blue aliens inhabiting a faraway planet, has already become the first film ever in the Korean movie market to gross over 100 billion won (US$87.3 million) in ticket sales.