Koreans films-attendance record

SEOUL, April 4 (Yonhap) -- Homegrown films attracted a record-breaking number of moviegoers in the first quarter of this year, government data showed Thursday.

According to the Korean Film Council (KOFIC) that tracks official box-office figures, 38.45 million people went to see Korean films at local theaters in the first quarter of this year, the highest tally for a quarter.

The previous record was 37.22 million established in the third quarter of last year.

The audience record for the first quarter was up 53.9 percent from the same period last year.

Seven out of the top 10 best-selling tickets were for Korean films such as "Miracle in Cell No. 7," "The Berlin File," "New World" and "My Paparotti."

Boosted by the popularity of Korean films, 55.44 million tickets worth 406.3 billion won (US$361.5 million) were sold for all films screened at local theaters in the first quarter, which represents a 34.9 percent rise in attendance and 28.3 percent increase in sales from a year ago, according to the KOFIC.

"The first quarter has normally been an off-season. But this result came as watching movies has now become part of everyday life and the overall quality of Korean films has improved," the council said in a report.

<All rights reserved by Yonhap News Agency>