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‘Inside Men’ sets sales record for over-19 movies

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The final installment in the series, “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay ? Part 2” debuted in third place in the Korean weekend box office. [LOTTE ENTERTAINMENT]

The webtoon-based political thriller “Inside Men” swept the weekend box office, soaring to first place with a whopping 1.3 million tickets sold.

On the other hand, the final installment of “The Hunger Games” series, “Mockingjay ? Part 2,” only reached third place, opening with 330,954 tickets sold, earning 3.4 billion won ($2.9 million).

Accounting for 53.2 percent of the box office sales made from Friday to Sunday, “Inside Men,” directed by Woo Min-ho, earned 10.5 billion won on its opening weekend.

With strong players like Lee Byung-hun, Cho Seung-woo and Baek Yoon-sik at the forefront, the film takes the audience on a two-hour intense journey into the dark corners of Korea’s power structure.

Baek plays Lee Kang-hee, a chief editorial writer of a conservative newspaper company who has the ultimate power to control public opinion, and hence the political and financial worlds. Lee sides with Jang Pil-woo (Lee Gyoung-young) to make him the next presidential candidate.

Lee Byung-hun plays a political hoodlum who once worked for Jang, but is now out for revenge after being betrayed. He collaborates with a prosecutor (Cho) to plan the revenge.

The movie became the fastest film to reach one million tickets sold out of all films rated 19 and over ever released in Korea.

Exorcist movie “The Priests,” starring Gang Dong-won and Kim Yun-seok, stepped down to second place, adding 487,682 tickets sold to its three-week total of 4.4 million. It has made 35 billion won so far.

The 24th installment of the “007” series, “Spectre,” which is reportedly the last film in which Daniel Craig will play the James Bond role, was in fourth with 211,473 moviegoers. Since it opened on Nov. 11, the film has sold 1.7 million tickets, earning 13.1 billion won.

Michel Gondry and Charlie Kaufman’s “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind” (2004) is re-writing the history of re-released films in Korea by surpassing its original attendance in 2005, with 170,000 tickets sold on Friday. This is the first time a re-released film has achieved such a feat in Korea.

Within 18 days of its second release on Nov. 5, celebrating the film’s 10th anniversary since its debut in Korea, the movie starring Jim Carey and Kate Winslet has been seen by more than 200,000 people.

KOREA BOX OFFICE
1.Inside Men
2,The Priests
3,The Hunger Games

BY JIN EUN-SOO [jin.eunsoo@joongang.co.kr]

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