Geum Yi

‘Veteran’ now third most successful S. Korean film of all time

September 28, 2015
A poster of the South Korean film "Veteran" (Yonhap)

A poster of the South Korean film “Veteran” (Yonhap)

Director Ryoo Seung-wan’s “Veteran” is turning out to be one of South Korea’s most successful domestic films of all time — it surpassed “The Host” this weekend to place third in Chungmuro box office history.

According to Yonhap, the action comedy had drawn in more than 13 million moviegoers as of Sunday.

Kim Han-min’s “The Admiral: Roaring Currents” tops the list with 17.61 million, followed by last year’s “Ode To My Father,” which drew 14.25 million to screens. Hollywood 3D hit “Avatar” is third by numbers with 13.62 million.

Released early August, “Veteran” — which also opened in North America earlier this month — follows an out-of-control heir to a conglomerate throne and a veteran cop who is determined to serve justice.

“Avatar” is the only non-Korean film on the list of all-time box office toppers. Others are “The Thieves” (2012), “Miracle in Cell No. 7″ (2013), “Assassination” (2015), “Masquerade” (2012) and “King and the Clown” (2005).