The previous record for opening week was held by Typhoon with 1.8m admissionslast year, opening on 540 screens; the highest single-day admissions record waspreviously 590,000 - held by 2004's watershed hit Taegukgi which eventually wentover 11m admissions.
Local distributor Showbox opened the creature thrilleron a record 620 screens and saw The Host leapover the 1m admissions mark on its third day - another record.
Industry watchers agree that if the trend keeps up The Host could clear the 10m admissions barrier within its thirdweek - something it took Taegukgi39 days to do, and rival all-time hit KingAnd The Clown with its 12 million admissions.
The film is scheduled for release on 250 screens in
Also slated for a North American debut at the Toronto International FilmFestival, The Host has a
The Host mixes
Kang Woo-suk's nationalistic intrigue Hanbando tooksecond place this past weekend, followed by Pirates of the Caribbean:Dead Man's Chest which,in its fourth week, has accumulated a total of 4.2m admissions.