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Korean movies best Hollywood blockbusters over Lunar New Year

Korean films “Dancing Queen” and “Unbowed” topped box office sales over the Lunar New Year holiday, coming in first and second place, respectively, and beating out several foreign movies. The two films combined attracted 42.7 percent of cinema patrons from Jan. 20 to Jan. 24.

“Dancing Queen,” a comedy starring Uhm Jung-hwa and Hwang Jeong-min, was shown in some 535 cinemas nationwide, according to statistics from the Korean Film Commission released on Jan. 25. It tells the story of the wife of a mayoral candidate who secretly prepares to join a girl group.

A total of 1,104,390 people watched the film from Jan. 20 to Jan. 24, the commission said. Overall, 1,228,384 people have watched the film since it was released on Jan. 18.

The runner-up “Unbowed” stars Ahn Sung-ki, and during the long weekend, some 456 theaters showed the film to a total of 813,532 people. The film also opened on Jan. 18, and to date, it has sold 906,895 tickets.

Hollywood blockbuster “Journey 2: The Mysterious Island,” starring Dwayne Johnson and Michael Caine,” came in third place in the commission’s statistics.

By Carla Sunwoo [carlasunwoo@joongang.co.kr]

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