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Lunar New Year movie battle begins

Jan 24,2020

“The Man Standing Next” started strong ahead of the Lunar New Year holiday, beating its rivals “Mr. Zoo: The Missing VIP” and “Hitman: Agent Jun,” which opened simultaneously on Wednesday at the local box office.

According to the Korean Film Council, “The Man,” directed by Woo Min-ho, took the No. 1 spot with 252,114 tickets sold on Wednesday, taking up 56.1 percent of all moviegoers in the country that day.

The film revolves around the assassination of Park Chung Hee, featuring actors Lee Byung-hun, Lee Sung-min and Kwak Do-won.

Coming in at second was comedy action flick “Hitman,” featuring actor Kwon Sang-woo, with 81,351 tickets sold.

“Mr. Zoo” followed in the third spot with 45,094 tickets sold. The movie also features actor Lee Sung-min who plays a former intelligence agent who one day gains the ability to communicate with animals.

The three movies are expected to compete over the four-day national holiday that begins today and ends on Monday.

By Yoon So-yeon