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'Avengers' dominates box office again, surpasses 9 mln in attendance

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Updated : May 08 2018

"Avengers: Infinity War" continued its box office reign while breaking another record in its second weekend in South Korean theaters.
The Marvel superhero epic added about 1.98 million admissions from Friday to Sunday, according to computerized figures from the Korean Film Council (KOFIC).

It is now the fastest non-Korean movie to cross 9 million in attendance, accomplishing the feat on its 13th day of theatrical release. The cumulative attendance for "Infinity War" stood at 9,013,136 as of Monday, according to the KOFIC.

The film is soon expected to become the 21st movie to garner more than 10 million views.

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A still from "Avengers: Infinity War" (Yonhap)
Only four non-Korean films have so far sold 10 million tickets -- "Avatar" (2009), "Avengers: Age of Ultron" (2015), "Interstellar" (2014) and "Frozen" (2014).

The third installment in the "Avengers" series brings together 23 heroes of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, including Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.), Captain America (Chris Evans), Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson), Thor (Chris Hemsworth) and the Hulk (Mark Ruffalo) to stop the villain Thanos in his quest to destroy half of the world.

As "Infinity War" dominated the screens, new releases received little attention.

Korean sports comedy "Champion" came in second by selling 440,690 tickets.

Directed by rookie Kim Yong-wan and starring Ma Dong-seok of the zombie blockbuster "Train to Busan," the film portrays the story of a Korean adoptee who becomes an arm wrestling champion.

Animated films "Early Man" of Britain, "The Incredible Story of the Giant Pear" of Denmark and "To Fu" of China took the next three spots with 60,701, 38,781 and 35,096 admissions, respectively. (Yonhap)

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