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Fewer Viewers Found to Have Watched Domestic Films in 2005

2005/11/18 Source

The total number of moviegoers in the Seoul area decreased from January to October 2005 year-on-year.

The Korean Film Council (KOFIC) released on Nov. 16 data on "the number of moviegoers and box-office ticket sales during the January-October period in 2005" based on the Seoul region. According to the data, a total of 78 domestic films were screened during that period, while 223 foreign films were shown, revealing dramatic increases from the previous year's 67 and 162, respectively.

But the total number of viewers was unexpectedly lower, due to a reduction in the number of moviegoers who watched domestic movies. Domestic films attracted a total of 21,225,418 viewers, a 9.2 percent decrease from last year's 23,363,636. The viewership ratio also dropped 2.8 percent to 55.4 percent from the previous year's 58.2 percent.

The movies "Welcome to Dongmakgol", "Marrying the Mafia II", and "Marathon" did well in box-office charts, but failed to break previous records set by "Silmido" or "Taegukgi: Brotherhood of War", which each attracted around 10 million viewers.

Meanwhile, foreign films lured 17,105,011 viewers, a 2.1 percent increase from last year's 16,751,287. The viewership ratio also rose to 44.6 percent from 41.8 percent year-on-year.

An official from the KOFIC said, "As tallying techniques have improved, statistics regarding movies that were screened for two consecutive years have become much more accurate. According to the latest methods, the number of screened films showed a dramatic increase year-on-year".

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