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'Snowpiercer' surpasses 5 mln viewer mark

All Headlines 16:30 August 09, 2013

SEOUL, Aug. 9 (Yonhap) -- South Korean filmmaker Bong Joon-ho's English language debut film, "Snowpiercer," has attracted more than 5 million viewers in 10 days since opening, its local distributor said Friday.

The film, starring top Korean actor Song Kang-ho alongside Hollywood thespians Chris Evans, Ed Harris and Tilda Swinton, attracted over 5 million viewers as of 2 p.m. on Friday, said CJ Entertainment, citing box-office data.

The official data provided by the Korean Film Council (KOFIC) for Friday will be released to the public the next day.

Based on the French graphic novel "Le Transperceneige," the sci-fi action thriller depicts inter-class struggles among the world's last-remaining inhabitants aboard a perpetually moving train.

The film tied with the 2012 box-office hit "The Thieves" and the "Ironman 3" in the pace of growth in the number of audience.

It took 18 days and 17 days, respectively, for "Gwanghae: the Man Who Became the King" and "Miracle in Cell No. 7" to reach the milestone, both of which drew an audience of over 10 million.

CJ officials forecast that "Snowpiercer" is expected to pass 7 million by Sunday given the current pace of growth.


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