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Korean comedy 'Extreme Job' stays atop box office for 4th weekend

Movies 10:09 February 18, 2019

By Shim Sun-ah

SEOUL, Feb. 18 (Yonhap) -- The Korean comedy film "Extreme Job" held on to the top spot in its fourth weekend at the local box office with ease, becoming the second most-viewed film ever in South Korea.

The movie added 945,408 to its 26-day cumulative of 14.5 million admissions from Friday to Sunday, according to data from the Korean Film Council on Monday.

This image provided by CJ Entertainment is a scene from "Extreme Job." (Yonhap)

On Sunday, it became the second most-viewed film of all time at the box office, surpassing "Along With the Gods: The Two Worlds," which was seen by 14.41 million people. "Roaring Currents" is still in the top spot on the all-time list with 17.61 million views.

Starring Ryu Seung-ryong, Lee Ha-nee and Jin Seon-kyu, "Extreme Job" revolves around a team of anti-drug cops who open a fried chicken joint to stake out an organized crime ring. It was directed by Lee Byoung-heon of "Twenty" and "What a Man Wants."

New domestic release "Innocent Witness" came in second by selling 533,808 tickets.

The drama, starring Jung Woo-sung and Kim Hyang-gi, tells the story of a lawyer who strives to persuade an autistic teenage witness to take the stand to prove the innocence of a murder suspect. It was helmed by Lee Han of "Thread of Lies," and "Punch."

A promotional poster for "Innocent Witness" (Yonhap)

Manga-inspired American action epic "Alita: Battle Angel" slipped to third with 243,348 admissions. It was closely followed by "Happy Death Day 2U," the sequel to U.S. Blumhouse's 2017 time-loop thriller "Happy Death Day." The new film sold 215,480 tickets over the weekend.

In fifth place was "The Odd Family: Zombie On Sale," which was seen by 122,334 people.

The new local comedy is about an oddball family that tries to profit from a zombie that has been created by a pharmaceutical company's illegal experiments. The film, by Lee Min-jae, stars Jung Jae-young, Kim Nam-gil and Uhm Ji-won.

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