Local pics rule roost at Korean b.o.


BUSAN, South Korea -- Despite "The Bourne Ultimatum" being the top film in the theaters for September, Korean films had a strong month, taking in 68.5% of the boxoffice, according to a report by CJ CGV, the nation's largest multiplex chain.

Attendance reached 11.8 million admissions, up 9.3% from the previous year, although down from 2005's record-setting pace of 13.7 million.

On the year, boxoffice was down 2.7% to 123.2 million admissions, but well up from 108.2 million in 2005.

After a disastrously bad early summer, when Korean films recorded some of their weakest numbers in years, the domestic boxoffice has rebounded strongly, and now stands at 51.5% for the year.