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‘Luck-Key’ keeps ‘Inferno’ from top of the charts

Oct 25,2016
Hollywood mystery-thriller “Inferno,” starring Tom Hanks and Felicity Jones, came second in the local weekend box office. Directed by Ron Howard, it is sequel to “The Da Vinci Code” (2006) and “Angels & Demons” (2009). [UPI MEDIA]
The highly anticipated Hollywood movie “Inferno” couldn’t beat local action-comedy “Luck-Key,” which dominated the box office in Korea from Friday to Sunday and played on 1,230 screens nationwide.

The action-comedy held onto the top of the chart by earning 4.79 billion won ($4.29 million) with the sale of 562,492 tickets over three days, according to the Korean Film Council on Monday. Helmed by director Lee Gye-byeok and starring actors Yu Hae-jin (“Veteran”) and Lee Joon (“The Piper”), “Luck-Key” has sold 4.34 million tickets, raking in 35.67 billion won in its second weekend since opening on Oct. 13.

A remake of the Japanese film “Key of Life,” the movie revolves around a wealthy, cold-hearted killer who swaps consciousnesses with a poor, unknown actor after bumping his head in a public bathhouse.

“Inferno,” filmmaker Ron Howard’s third installment in “The Da Vinci Code” film series, came in second in its first weekend. The sequel to “The Da Vinci Code” (2006) and “Angels & Demons” (2009) sold 129,380 tickets, earning 1.13 billion won.

Once again starring Tom Hanks as Professor Robert Langdon, “Inferno” is another mystery thriller based on the 2013 novel by Dan Brown.

Director Tim Burton’s fantasy-adventure “Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children” slipped one rank in its fourth week. The movie sold 43,200 tickets over the weekend, totaling 2.67 million since opening on Sept. 28. It has raked in 21.45 billion won on the Korean market.

Horror-thriller “Don’t Breathe,” directed by Fede Alvarez, ranked fourth in its third weekend. The movie has sold 986,000 tickets.

“Queen of Walking,” starring Shim Eun-kyung, came in fifth in its first weekend. The story, which is about a high school girl who can’t ride in cars or trains because of severe motion sickness, has so far sold 62,200 tickets.

Melodrama-romance “The Notebook” (2004), which was re-released last week, clinched the sixth spot. Comedy-fantasy “Nine Lives,” romantic-comedy “Bridget Jones’s Baby” and documentary “Spy Nation,” which accuses the South Korean government of dishonesty, came in seventh, eighth and ninth.

The 2011 fantasy-adventure “Harry Potter And the Deathly Hallows: Part 2,” which was re-released last week, came in tenth.

BY JIN MIN-JI [jin.minji@joongang.co.kr]


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