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Summer-time heat, blockbusters behind record number of moviegoers: data

All Headlines 09:41 September 03, 2016

SEOUL, Sept. 3 (Yonhap) -- The number of moviegoers here increased nearly 7 percent this summer from a year earlier, helped by locally produced box office hits, data showed Saturday,

According to the data compiled by the Korean Film Council, around 73 million people watched movies at local cinemas during the June-August period, a summer-time high.

It marks an increase for the sixth consecutive year after reaching 46 million in the three months till August in 2010, it added.

Industry watchers said that more South Koreans seem to have sought to avoid the scorching heat at theaters. The release of box office hits also helped attract people.

"Operation Chromite," "The Last Princess," and "Train to Busan" are among the big-hit local films that were released over the summer.

The share of South Korean movies at cinemas here came to 60 percent over the cited period, also marking an all-time high.

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