'Masquerade' Sells Over 10 Million Tickets at Box Office

"Masquerade" has become the seventh Korean movie to hit the 10 million mark in cinema attendance only 38 days after its release.

The film starring Lee Byung-hun is also the second flick to register this level of box-office receipts this year following "The Thieves." No other domestic movie has achieved the feat since "Haeundae" in 2009.

According to the Korean Film Council on Sunday, "Masquerade" attracted 221,229 moviegoers at 618 cinemas nationwide on Saturday alone to reach the milestone. It hit the 2 million mark within eight days of its release, climbed to 5 million in 18 days, and marked 9 million in 31 days.

Meanwhile, Korean films have sold a combined 88.68 million tickets this year. The council expects the figure to surpass 100 million by the end of December.

englishnews@chosun.com / Oct. 22, 2012 09:53 KST