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'Svaha' tops box office for second day over 'Extreme Job'

Movies 10:38 February 22, 2019

SEOUL, Feb. 22 (Yonhap) -- Local mystery thriller "Svaha: The Sixth Finger" stayed atop the box office for the second day in a row after ending a 27-day winning streak by "Extreme Job," data showed Friday.

"Svaha" debuted at No. 1 with 191,690 views on Wednesday and gathered 144,992 views on the second day of its run, according to the data from the Korean Film Council.

The film's popularity is expected to continue over the weekend as it currently has the largest number of pre-sold tickets at the box office.

This file photo from CJ Entertainment shows actor Lee Jung-jae in a scene from local mystery thriller "Svaha: The Sixth Finger." (Yonhap)

Starring Lee Jung-jae, Park Jung-min and Jin Seon-kyu, the movie by director Jang Jae-hyun is about a pastor who encounters mysterious figures and incidents while trying to expose a covert Buddhist cult.

"Extreme Job" remains strong despite challenges from new releases.

The sensational cop comedy added 82,358 admissions to its 30-day cumulative of 14.93 million on Thursday. The Korean title, which currently is the second-most viewed film of all time in the country, is expected to surpass 15 million in attendance soon.

"Innocent Witness" led by Jung Woo-sung and Kim Hyang-gi came in third with 77,607 views.

The drama 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."

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