'Avatar' becomes Korea's No. 1 all-time

Finally beats out local release 'The Host'

SEOUL -- “Avatar,” still playing on 209 screens, drew 129,422 filmgoers over the weekend, attracting 13.08 million admissions in total and beating “The Host,” Bong Joon-ho’s monster flick, the previous most-watched film released here at 13.01 admissions.

For the local Independence Day weekend, “The Secret Reunion,” director Jang Hoon’s latest feature film, topped the  boxoffice, beating major Hollywood releases including “Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief.” Since opening last month, "Secret" has garnered 4.26 million admissions.

The film featuring two Korean superstars -- Song Gang-ho (“Thirst”) and Kang Dong-won (“Duelist”) -- deals with a North Korean spy teaming up with a former South Korean intelligence agent without revealing their identities.

“Percy Jackson” sold 210,400 tickets for a three-week total of 1.62 million. “Parallel Life,” another Korean thriller, attracted over 620,000 admissions on 301 screens, followed by “Harmony,” a Korean drama about a choir made of female prison inmates, starring Yunjin Kim from ABC’s hit television show “Lost.” The film sold a total of 2.73 million tickets.

Peter Jackson’s fantasy blockbuster “Lovely Bones” drew a modest 10,864 admissions, followed by “The Fourth Kind” and “Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs."