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Mutant Parasite Movie Unseats 'Spider-Man' at Korean Box Office

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"Deranged," set for a U.S. bow in late July, sells 1.3 million tickets in its first four days in its home market.

TOKYO – Korean parasite outbreak movie Deranged (Yeongasi) has knocked The Amazing Spider-Man off the top of the box office ranking in its home market, selling more than 1.3 million movie tickets in the first four days since its release on July 5.

The Amazing Spider-Man saw just under 400,000 admissions for the same period in South Korea, while Japanese film A Letter to Momo by Hiroyuki Okiura was in third place with fewer than 50,000 ticket sales.  

Starring Kim Myeong-min and directed and written by Park Jung Woo (Kick the Moon), Deranged tells the tale of an epidemic of mutant parasite worms that spreads across Korea. It is due for a U.S. release on July 27.

Deranged’s reign at the box office may not last though as upcoming Warner Bros. tentpole The Dark Knight Rises is racking up strong pre-sales, according to data from the Korean Film Council.

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