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'Extreme Job' soars as most-viewed film ever over Lunar New Year holiday

Movies 10:45 February 07, 2019

SEOUL, Feb. 7 (Yonhap) -- "Extreme Job" became the most-viewed Korean movie ever during the Lunar New Year holiday season, data showed Thursday, a day after the comedy topped 10 million admissions in theaters.

The film drew a total of 5.26 million moviegoers during the five-day Lunar New Year holiday period that ended Wednesday, breaking the previous record held by the 2016 film "A Violent Prosecutor," which attracted 4.79 million, according to the data from the Korean Film Council.

It was only one of the several records set by the comedy film starring Lee Ha-nui and Ryu Seung-ryong.

Boosted by the strong holiday performance, it became the first film to top 10 million admissions this year on Wednesday, the 15th day of its run.

The movie, directed by Lee Byoung-heon, drew more than 1 million moviegoers per day on four of the 15 days since its release on Jan. 23, coming close to the record set by the 2018 hit movie "Along With the Gods: the Last 49 Days," which hit the daily tally of more than 1 million for five days.

"Extreme Job" also garnered the most viewers for any Korean comedy film on its opening day, surpassing the milestone of drawing more than 10 million in the first 15 days after its release.

The film has recorded 91.5 billion won (US$81.6 million) in revenue so far, nearly 10 times the film's production and marketing budgets, which together came to about 9.5 billion won.

The comic film revolves around a team of goofy anti-drug cops who open a fried chicken restaurant to stake out an organized drug crime ring. The disguised business instantly earns nationwide fame as a gourmet restaurant, tweaking the police team's investigation career.

This photo shows moviegoers purchasing tickets for "Extreme Job" at a local cinema on Feb. 6, 2019. (Yonhap)

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