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  • Number of Cinema-goers Watching Korean Films Reaches Record 55,550,000 in First Half
  • [2013-07-03]



  •  The overall number of cinema-goers for Korean films during the first half of this year has recorded its highest ever total, surpassing 55 million. The audience total has also set a new record, reaching 98.5 million.

     
    According to the figures gauging the Korean film industry’s performance during the first half, which have been compiled by the Korean Film Council and were announced by the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism on July 2, the number of total admissions for Korean films during the January-June period  was 55,550,000, which represents a rise of 25% when compared to the same period last year. 
     
    It is the first time the total size of the audience for Korean films surpassed the 50 million mark. 
     
    The total number of cinema visitors also set a new record of 98,500,000, a rise of 18.3 %, compared to last year’s 83,260,000. 
     
    The total revenue from films during the first half increased by 12.7 % or 81.7 billion won from last year’s 642.3 billion won to 724.1 billion won. The total reveneue from Korean films increased by 67.3 billion won from last year’s 332 billion to 399.3 billion won
     
    The market share for Korean cinema has expanded to 56.4%, from last year’s 53.4%.
     
    Six Korean movies were included among the top 10 films in terms of audience. The biggest box-office success was “Miracle in Cell No.7”, which attracted 12,800,000 cinema-goers, followed  by “Iron Man 3 (9,000,000)”, “Berlin (7,160,000)”, “Secretly Greatly (6,640,000)” and “New World (4,680,000)”.  
     
    The Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism will establish and operate a monitoring center at the Korean Film Council to secure the implementation of various contracts and a standard contract form which had been voluntarily agreed upon by the people in the film industry.  The result of the monitoring activities will be announced regularly.  
     
    The ministry will also push with a project to support establishing 'small cinema theater', and operate an 'indie film and small-budget film investment cooperative' fund, with the aim of expanding investment for low-budget and indie films.
     

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