These are Entertainment Briefs, delivering news from the entertainment industry last weekend.
▶ Over 70 Million Moviegoers This Summer
Due to the heat wave this summer, sales for movie theaters have increased greatly.
According to the Korean Film Commission, the number of moviegoers from June 1 to Aug. 31 was about 73.2 million, which was a 6.8 percent increase compared with the same period last year, and the highest record for the number of moviegoers during the summer peak time.
It is analyzed that the reason for such a great increase includes the record-breaking heat waves leading people to air conditioned theaters, and the total size of the cinema industry growing due to the consecutive openings of Korean blockbusters, such as "Train to Busan" and "Tunnel."
The actual market share of Korean movies this summer was 60 percent, the highest yet.
▶ 'Operation Chromite ' Holds Free Screening at 70 Military Units
Special previews of the movie "Operation Chromite" will be held at about 70 military units, free of charge.
CJ Entertainment and the Ministry of Defense revealed that they will hold previews of "Operation Chromite" in the coming month for about 35,000 soldiers at about 70 bases.
The first preview was held on Sept. 3 at the Division 2 Regiment 17 in Inje, Gangwon Province, known as the only Army base that took part in Operation Chromite.
▶ Hwang Chi-yeol Becomes Judge on Chinese Audition Show
Singer Hwang Chi-yeol completed his three-month term as a judge on a Chinese audition program.
According to his agency, Hwang joined the audition program "Super Voice Girls," produced by the Internet broadcasting station Mango TV under Hunan TV. He concluded his appearance on Sept. 3 on the last show.
He put on a special stage with the finalist Zhang Xiaoyu and received great cheers.
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