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'The Priests' becomes first Nov. film to surpass 5 mln in attendance

All Headlines 15:48 December 03, 2015

SEOUL, Dec. 3 (Yonhap) -- "The Priests," a Korean exorcism film, has become the first local flick released in the month of November to surpass 5 million in attendance, its distributor said Thursday.

CJ Entertainment said "The Priests" had drawn 5,002,435 audience members as of 8:30 a.m. Thursday, extending its record box office success for a November film. The 11th month of the year is traditionally a slow one for cinema in the country.

"The Priests" reached nearly 4.82 million on Nov. 29 to surpass the previous mark of 4,801,527 by the documentary film "My Love, Don't Cross That River," which opened in late November last year and drew most of its viewers in December, comparatively a high season.

Directed by Jang Jae-hyun and also starring Kim Yoon-seok, "The Priests" follows a Catholic priest and a deacon who perform an exorcism to save a girl possessed by an evil spirit.

Meanwhile, another Korean film, "Inside Men," continued its torrid run at the gate, becoming the fastest film that premiered in November to surpass 4 million won in attendance.

Through Wednesday, the 14th day of its run, "Inside Men" had drawn 4,019,485 viewers, two days ahead of the pace set by "The Priests."

"Inside Men" depicts the spider web-like relationships among South Korean politicians, journalists and political hoodlums.

Actor Lee Byung-hun stars as a gangster seeking revenge against a politician who disowned him after the henchman is caught carrying a record of the politician's slush fund.

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