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Korean Film Remake Ranks Third in US

2009/02/02 Source

It looks like the thrill of watching a horror movie is internationally enticing.

"The Uninvited", a remake of the South Korean horror movie "A Tale of Two Sisters", ranked third in the North American box office in its opening week, drawing $10.5 million between Jan. 30 and Feb. 1.

The Dreamworks adaptation of the Kim Jee-woon film is directed by British brothers Charles and Thomas Guards and stars Arielle Kebbel ("The Grudge 2") and Emily Browning ("Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events"). The story is originally derived from a Korean folktale, a spooky ghost story of two sisters who are murdered by their stepmother.

The action movie "Taken", starring Liam Neeson, placed first with $24.6 million, while "Paul Blart: Mall Cop" came in second with $14 million, recording a total of $83.4 million in three weeks.

Renee Zellweger's romantic comedy "New in Town", had a mild opening week, ranking eighth with $6.8 million. Oscar-nominated movies such as "The Reader", "Milk" and "Doubt" retained their popularity at the box office.

Korea Times intern Hwang Sung-hee contributed to this article.

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