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'Avatar' now top foreign film in Korea

Pandora beats exploding robots for all-time title

SEOUL – “Avatar” set the record as the biggest foreign boxoffice hit in Korea, with 8.01 million total admissions by Monday.

James Cameron's film overtook “Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen,” which set the previous record in June last year.
 
20th Century Fox, the film’s importer, expected that the film will break 10 million by the end of the month. “Avatar,” which was released here on December 17, is now playing on 665 screens nationwide, and has led the Korean boxoffice for four weeks in a row.
 
The film's success was seen as a rarity for many in the local industry, who predicted that "Avatar's" long running time and its unfamiliar genre, combining CGI with live action, would fail to attract a large audience here.

Director Bong Joon-ho's "The Host" remains the biggest boxoffice hit ever, with 13.2 million admissions.