More than 2 million people had watched the film "Northern Limit Line" by Kim Hak-soon as of Wednesday. The movie was released on June 24.
That makes the partly crowdfunded film, which dramatizes a cross-border naval skirmish, the fastest domestic box-office success this year.
"During the first week of its release, people were drawn to the tragic sacrifice of the sailors and to the way the film was made possible", a spokesman for distributor NEW said. "Now the word of mouth is that it's both entertaining and inspiring, so it's attracting attention from all age groups".
About half of all moviegoers last week and early this week saw the film. If the trend continues it is likely to break the 3 million mark this weekend.
The break-even point for the film, which cost W6 billion including donations from some 7,000 people, is 2.6 million box-office tickets sold (US$1=W1,121).
Audiences could grow as the school holidays are just around the corner, though the film will face stiff competition when "Terminator Genisys" starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, the summer's global mega-blockbuster, is released here Thursday.
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