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Korean films sweep August box office; audiences drop slightly

2017/09/12 11:52

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SEOUL, Sept. 12 (Yonhap) -- Homegrown films dominated the South Korean box office in August while audience amount saw a slight on-year drop, data showed Tuesday.

The number of moviegoers last month was 29.88 million, down 0.2 percent from the same month last year, according to the Korean Film Council (KOFIC). The August tally marked the third straight month of on-year audience decline. In June and July, audiences fell by 11.2 percent and 18.6 percent, respectively.

Korean movies accounted for 21.38 million sales, or 71.5 percent of all tickets sold, last month, more than double the 32.1 percent rate in July.

Local summer releases "A Taxi Driver," "Midnight Runners" and "The Battleship Island" took the top three spots in the monthly box office rankings, followed by the Hollywood films "War for the Planet of the Apes" and "Annabelle: Creation," which came in at fourth and fifth, respectively.

A movie poster image for the South Korean film "A Taxi Driver" (Yonhap) A movie poster image for the South Korean film "A Taxi Driver" (Yonhap)

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