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Korean films draw fewer viewers in July than a year earlier

All Headlines 16:59 August 05, 2013

SEOUL, Aug. 5 (Yonhap) -- South Korean movies attracted nearly 15 percent fewer viewers in July than a year ago due to the relative strength of Hollywood films, a market tracker said Monday.

According to the Korean Film Council (KOFIC), which tracks box-office records, about 8.51 million people viewed Korean films in July, down 15.2 percent from 10.04 million during the same month a year ago.

This represents only a 7.2 percent increase from June, a weak performance compared with July last year when the audience tally rose 47.5 percent month-on-month with four films drawing more than 3 million viewers.

As only one film -- "Cold Eyes" starring Seol Kyung-gu, Jung Woo-sung and Han Hyo-joo -- surpassed the 3-million milestone in attendance last month, Korean films took up 45.2 percent of total box-office sales, down from 47.9 percent a year ago.

Also in July, "Cold Eyes" topped the monthly box-office rankings, racking up 38.41 billion won (US$34 million) in ticket sales, followed by Hollywood movies "Pacific Rim" (20.21 billion won), "RED2" (17.99 billion won) and "World War Z" (14.71 billion won). Korean baseball film "Mr. Go" came in fifth with 8.7 billion won.

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