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Cinema ticket sales revive during holidays

Posted May. 08, 2014 06:23,   


Following a drop in cinema admissions after the tragic Sewol ferry sinking, last weekend saw signs of revival. According to the Korean Film Council, movie audiences stood at 5.84 million people between May 1 and 6, a 2.35-fold increase from 2.48 million a week earlier (April 24-29). Cinemas attracted 1.08 million on Sunday and 1.38 million on the Children`s Day on Monday.

Actor Hyun Bin`s new movie "The Fatal Encounter" attracted 2.16 million viewers to top the box office. "Amazing Spiderman 2" ranked second with 1.54 million viewers and Ryu Seung-yong`s "The Target" was in the third place attracting 1.24 million. Animations "Rio 2" and "Mr. Peabody and Sherman" came at fourth and fifth place with 530,000 and 160,000 viewers, respectively.

The number of movie viewers had sharply decreased following the tragic sinking of ferry Sewol on April 16. Between April 18 and 20, total viewers stood at 1.02 million, down by nearly 30 percent from a week earlier on April 11-13 (1.44 million).