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[Graphic News] ‘Veteran’ surges in box office history

Director Ryoo Seung-wan’s runaway hit “Veteran” has become the third most successful Korean film, and the fourth-biggest film in Korean box office history according to the Korean Film Council’s records. As of Monday, the film in Korea sold over 13.12 million tickets since its release on Aug. 5.

“Veteran” is joined in the top 10 by another current film - “Assassination” by director Choi Dong-hoon. With nearly 12.7 million tickets sold to date, “Assassination” is Choi’s second film in the top 10 after the star-studded 2012 film “The Thieves.”

James Cameron’s 2009 sensation “Avatar” is the only non-Korean film to make it into the top 10 ranking third. The most-watched film of all time in local theaters is last year’s historical drama “Roaring Currents” by Kim Han-min, which sold over 17.6 million tickets.