Local films keep on in Korea

'Mother' and 'Turtle' beat 'Terminator' and 'Museum'

SEOUL -- Local films are enjoying unusual success at the Korean boxoffice, beating out Hollywood blockbusters.

After "Mother," a thriller by the director Bong Joon-ho, beat "Terminator Salvation" and "Angels & Demons" this month, a Korean detective film "Running Turtle" outweighed major Hollywood films over the weekend, according to the Korean Film Council.

"Running Turtle," which opened Thursday nationwide, drew 508,007 filmgoers, besting "Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian," "Terminator" and "Drag Me to Hell."

"Night at the Museum" came in second by selling 1.5 million tickets, followed by "Terminator," which broke the boxoffice record as the year's first film to exceed 2 million in the shortest span of time. It has drawn more than 4 million moviegoers since opening last month.

Meanwhile, "Mother," one of the year's most anticipated Korean films, is doing steady biz though not as well as the director's previous films like "The Host," which drew more than 13 million viewers in 2006. So far, "Mother" has sold 2.6 million tickets.