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South Korean Comedy Movie 'Luck-Key' Tops Weekend Box Office

by YuGee / Oct 18, 2016 05:39 AM EDT
SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA - NOVEMBER 19: Yoo Hae-Jin attends the American 3D computer-animated film 'Rise of the Guardians' press conference at Wangsimni CGV on November 19, 2012 in Seoul, South Korea. (Photo by The Chosunilbo JNS/Multi-Bits via Getty Images)

On Monday, data showed that the South Korean comedy movie "Luck-Key" drew over two million viewers during its first-week release in the cinemas, making it the top movie at the Korean box office the past weekend.

According to Yonhap News Agency, the movie, which stars Yoo Hae Jin, sold about 1,642,824 tickets. Those particular ticket sales accounted for 68.2 percent of all ticket sales over the October 14 to 16 weekend. The Korean Film Council (KOFIC) also announced that the Hollywood fantasy film "Miss Peregrine's Home For Peculiar Children" bagged the second place.

"Luck-Key" was released on October 13 and surpassed the 2-million mark in the accumulated number of viewers on October 16, the fourth day of its theater release. This is reportedly the fastest pace for a comedy movie to climb up the Korean box office. Some reports claim that the record was achieved even two days earlier than that of "Miss Granny," the most popular Korean comedy movie in history.

The film is a remake of a Japanese movie about a hired killer who loses his memory after he slipped and banged his head on the floor of a public bath. After losing his memory, he believes that he is a no-name actor. The film is directed by Lee Kye Byeok.

An official from Showbox commented about the movie's success in the box office saying, "Traditionally, autumn is a low season for the film industry, but the movie is very interesting and Yoo is a trusted actor among moviegoers."

Tim Burton's "Miss Peregrine's Home For Peculiar Children" came in second place with 272,281 ticket sales. Hollywood horror movie "Don't Breathe" landed on the third spot with 156,860 ticket sales, while the romantic comedy "Bridget Jone's Baby" took the fourth place with 57,034 tickets sold. "Bastille Day," an American-French action flick ranked number 5 with 54,359 ticket sales.

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