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'The Merciless' tops S. Korean box office on opening day

All Headlines 08:48 May 18, 2017

SEOUL, May 18 (Yonhap) -- The crime action film "The Merciless" took the top place at the South Korean box office on its opening day, data showed Thursday.

The movie starring Seol Kyung-goo and Im Si-wan sold 95,261 tickets Wednesday, according to the computerized tally from the Korean Film Council.

"The Merciless" is about the friendship and betrayal between Jae-ho, played by Seol, plotting to become the leader of an organized crime ring after being released from prison, and the organization's fearless and ebullient newcomer Hyeon-su, portrayed by Im. The two meet behind bars and work together after their release.

Directed by Byun Sung-hyun, the film was chosen for screening in the noncompetition Midnight Screening section of the 70th Cannes Film Festival that runs from May 17-28.

This still cut provided by CJ Entertainment shows actors Im Si-wan (L) as Hyeon-su and Seol Kyung-gu (R) as Jae-ho in "The Merciless." (Yonhap)

The American thriller "Get Out," directed by Jordan Peele, came in second, amassing 92,121 viewers and was trailed by "King Arthur: Legend of the Sword," which sold 31,066 tickets.

The South Korean comedy "The Sheriff" and Ridley Scott's space horror film "Alien: Covenant" came in fourth and fifth, respectively, followed by "Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2" and "The Boss Baby."

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