'Leafie the Hen' Breaks Box Office Record

"Leafie, A Hen into the Wild" drew 500,000 moviegoers in eight days, the shortest period in the history of Korean animation. Some 512,535 people had watched the film as of Wednesday, according to Korean Film Council box office data.

The digitally restored version of "Robot Taekwon V," the biggest box-office hit in Korean animation film history, took 16 days to attract 500,000 viewers back in 2007.

"Leafie" also set the record for attracting the most audiences in the Korean animation history during opening week, with a total of 335,859 viewers over its opening weekend. Some 70,000-80,000 moviegoers a day watch the film even on weekdays. Favorable reviews have rapidly spread through word of mouth since its opening, and interest from families is increasing in the summer vacations.

"Leafie" is expected to break the record set by "Robot Taekwon V," which attracted a cumulative total of 720,000 viewers, within this week to become the first Korean animation to draw over 1 million viewers.

englishnews@chosun.com / Aug. 04, 2011 11:37 KST