Magazine article Screen International

Roaring Currents Tops Avatar in S Korea

Magazine article Screen International

Roaring Currents Tops Avatar in S Korea

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Kim Han-min's war epic edges towards 15 million admissions, beating previous box office record-holder Avatar to become the biggest ever film in South Korea.

In Korea, Kim Han-min's local film Roaring Currents (aka The Admiral: Roaring Currents) has beaten James Cameron's Avatar box office record for top all-time hit over the Independence Day weekend.

On its 19th day on release, the historical naval battle film starring Choi Min-sik (Lucy) recorded more than 14 million admissions. Avatar's record rests at 13.62 million.

Distributed by CJ E&M, Roaring Currents was the quickest to break the 10 million admissions mark record and several others.

The film hit 14.22 million admissions yesterday morning (Aug 17), the last on the three-day weekend this year. In South Korea, Independence Day is Aug 15, a public holiday commemorating the end of Japan's 35-year annexation, which ended with the Japanese surrender in the Second World War.

As of today, Roaring Currents has taken more than 14.62 million admissions and KW113bn ($110.9m) since its July 30 release, according to the Korean Film Council (KOFIC). …

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