"Avatar" shatters S Korean box office over weekend

15:22, January 11, 2010      

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Director James Cameron (C) poses with movie goers Mahdroo McCaleb (R) and Sonjia Huirzar at a sold-out midnight screening of Cameron's new film "Avatar: The IMAX 3D Experience" at the AMC 16 IMAX 3D theater in Burbank, California December 17, 2009 in this publicity photograph released December 18. (Xinhua/Agencies Photo)

The Hollywood tent-pole "Avatar," directed by James Cameron of "Titanic," has broken the South Korean box office over the weekend, becoming the most-watched foreign movies of all time, according to the estimation by the state-run film agency on Monday.

The 3-D epic attracted more than 830,000 audiences nationwide over the weekend, breaking the record for the most-watched foreign movie with the combined number of audience totaling more than 8 million, according to data provided by the Korean Film Council.

The previous record was held by the American science fiction movie "Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen," which drew 7.44 million moviegoers.

Following the special effects-laden blockbuster, South Korean-made "Jeon Woo Chi: The Taoist Wizard," directed by Choi Dong-hoon, came in second during the weekend, according to the estimation. 

Source: Xinhua
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