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'Mal-Mo-E: The Secret Mission' wins second weekend at box office

All Headlines 09:37 January 21, 2019

By Shim Sun-ah

SEOUL, Jan. 21 (Yonhap) -- The Korean film "Mal-Mo-E: The Secret Mission" stayed atop the box office for the second weekend in a row, data showed Monday.

According to the data from the Korean Film Council (KOFIC), "Mal-Mo-E," which means "language dictionary" in English, drew 617,638 moviegoers from Friday to Sunday.

Set in the country's colonial era, the Lotte Entertainment release tells the story of a Korean linguist who struggles to compile the first Korean dictionary against the Japanese colonizers' ban on the use of the Korean language. The movie has sold 2.2 million tickets since it opened in theaters on Jan. 9.

A still from "Mal-Mo-E: The Secret Mission" (Yonhap)

"Inside Me," also a domestic movie, remained in second place by adding 477,826 to its 12-day cumulative of 1.6 million.

Starring Park Sung-woong, Ra Mi-ran and Jinyoung of popular K-pop boy band GOT7, the comic fantasy is about a middle-aged gangster who accidentally swaps bodies with a bullied high-school boy.

A promotional poster for "Inside Me" (Yonhap)

M. Night Shyamalan's "Glass" debuted at third with 267,271 admissions. The twisty American comic book drama stars Samuel L. Jackson, Bruce Willis and James McAvoy.

The Disney animated sequel "Ralph Breaks the Internet" slipped to fourth place with 141,601 views.

The South Korean animated film "Underdog" took fifth place with 70,056 views.

The film tells the story of an abandoned puppy who takes a journey with other stray dogs in search of true happiness and freedom.


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