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'Avengers: Endgame' Set to Become Most Popular Foreign Film in Korea

2019/05/16 Source

A man looks at a poster for the film "Avengers: Endgame" at a movie theater in Seoul on May 5. /Yonhap

"Avengers: Endgame" has attracted over 13 million viewers in just 22 days since its release, becoming the first foreign film to sell that many tickets since "Avatar" a decade ago.

Marvel's latest superhero blockbuster was watched by 13.01 million people as of Wednesday, according to the Korean Film Council, putting it on track to overtake "Avatar", which drew 13.34 million viewers in 2009, as the most successful foreign film ever shown in Korea.  

Only six films have surpassed the 13-million mark since the film council began tallying the number of viewers: "The Admiral: Roaring Currents" in 2014, "Extreme Job" in 2019, "Along With the Gods: The Two Worlds" in 2017, "Ode to My Father" in 2014, "Veteran" in 2015 and "Avatar" in 2009. Before the council's tally began, "The Host" from 2006 was officially recognized to be in this club.

"Avengers: Endgame" reached the milestone in the shortest span of time by a foreign film. "Avatar" needed 74 days to do so.

"Avengers: Endgame" depicts the Avenger team's final showdown with supervillain Thanos in the aftermath of the destruction wrought during the Infinity War.

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