Film ‘Twenty’ second this year to pass 3 mil sales in S. Korea

April 22, 2015
A still from "Twenty"

A still from “Twenty”

South Korean coming-of-age buddy comedy “Twenty,” which premiered last month to take over the country’s box office, has become the second film this year to surpass three million ticket sales, distributor NEW said Wednesday.

Yonhap reported that the only other film to pass the three-million mark this year has been “Detective K: Secret of the Virtuous Widow,” which drew 3.87 million to movie theaters.

“Twenty” is directed by Lee Byung-heon and stars Kim Woo-bin, Kang Ha-neul and 2PM member Lee Jun-ho.

It has its North American premiere in 25 locations — including Los Angeles, New York, Chicago, Dallas, Toronoto and Vancouver — last week.

The South Korean film industry has seen a sort of renaissance, with 2014 marking its first year to surpass 2 trillion won — or about $1.8 billion — in sales in its history.

Movies are a part of South Korean culture. According to Yonhap, the average Korean watched 4.19 films in theaters last year.