Final domestic tally is 5% ahead of 2008.
The Korean box office notched up an August record, topping out at $124.9 million, according to the Korean Film Council (Kofic).
The long Labor Day weekend saw decent traffic at the multiplex.
In the first day of the Labor Day frame, auds walked, instead of running, to the multiplex, putting "The Final Destination" and "All About Steve" in a near dead heat for the top spot.
The summer sesh at the international box office enjoyed plenty of sunshine -- and brought significant surprises.
The summer haul was the biggest ever at the worldwide box office as 3-D dinosaurs, the maturing boy wizard and oversized 'bots smashed through the records set in summer 2007.
Labor Day weekend pits geeks against gals.
2009 has already become the highest-grossing summer ever.