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‘My Wife’ tops Korean box office

Local comedy grossed $2.3 mil over weekend

SEOUL — Local comedy “My Wife Got Married” swept in to top place at the Korean weekend box office, bringing some relief to a sluggish film industry and a country wracked by economic turmoil.

Co-produced and distributed by CJ Entertainment, the pic grossed $2.3 million on 504 screens during its four-day opening run. This was the biggest opening for a Korean film since “The Divine Weapon” in September.

Paramount pic “Eagle Eye” slipped to No.2 in its second weekend, adding $1.26 million from 359 screens and taking its cume to $8 million.

Ridley Scott’s “Body of Lies” opened at No.3, grossing $1.13 million on 311 screens in four days. 

Below the leading trio there was a wide gap. “Mamma Mia!” stayed at No.4 adding $420,000, upping its ante to $19.3 million. “Crush & Blush” placed at No.5 with a $381,000 weekend take on 321 screens, lifting its cume to $2 million.

Among new releases, helmer Hong Kong helmer Gordon Chan’s “Painted Skin” ranked at No.6 and grossed $372,000, handled by a new distributor Cinergy, a subsidiary of Daisy Entertainment.

Another local movie, “Heartbreak Library” opened at No.7 on 289 screens, to gross only $266,000 for distributor Sungwon I Com.