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"Marrying the Mafia II" tops box-office among comedy movies

2005/10/10 | 394 views | Permalink | Source

The comedy movie "Marrying the Mafia II", starring Kim Won-hee and Shin Hyun-joon and directed by Jeong Yong-ki, drew more than 5 million viewers nationwide as of Oct. 8, leaving behind its rival, "My Wife Is a Gangster", and setting a box-office record among Korean comedy movies.

The movie's distributor, Show Box, said on Oct. 9 that "Marrying the Mafia II", which opened Sept. 7, had drawn 1,356,942 viewers in Seoul and 5,287,702 viewers nationwide as of Oct. 8, one month after its premiere.

The previous record-setter, "My Wife Is a Gangster", drew 5.29 million viewers in September, 2001.

"Marrying the Mafia II" also broke the record of its predecessor, "Marrying the Mafia", which drew 5.2 million viewers its opening month. The feat stands in stark contrast with the sequels "My Wife Is a Gangster 2" and " Hi, Dharma 2: Showdown in Seoul", both of which failed to attract as much attention as their more successful predecessors.

The popularity of "Marrying the Mafia II" is expected to continue to rise for the time being as the film will continue to be shown in 45 Seoul theaters and 226 theaters nationwide.

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