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July 25, 2012ChosunIlboActress Kim Hye-soo meets fans at a press event for her new film "The Thieves" in Seoul on Tuesday.
July 26, 2012"The Thieves" records 2nd biggest opening of all-time in KoreaReporter: Lee Hye Ji Editor: Monica Suk 10Kstar“The Thieves,” one of the most-anticipated films this year, has recorded the second best opening in Korean film history.“The Thieves” attracted 436,622 moviegoers on the day of its release on Wednesday, stealing the top seed from five-day-reigning “Dark Night Rise” at local box office's daily chart, according to Korea Box office Information System (KOBIS)'s website Thursday.This is the second highest single day opening of all-time after “The Host” opened with 449,500 tickets sold in 2006.The former No. 2 was “D-War," 2007 Korean fantasy film produced by Shim Hyung-rae, slid down to the third place, putting an end to its five-years honor.“Deranged,” which had the best opening record of the year until Tuesday, stopped at pulling in 190,952 audiences on its release date.The action drama pic “The Thieves” tells the story about a group of ten thieves from different backgrounds who have teamed up to steal a diamond hidden inside a casino located in Macao.Helmed by famed director Choi Dong-hoon, top Korean actors joined the Korean version of “Ocean's Eleven,” such as Kim Yoon-seok, Kim Hye-soo, Lee Jung-jae, Jun Ji-hyun, and Kim Soo-hyun.
July 27, 2012The Thieves sets new box office recordby javabeans dramabeans.comSo, apparently summer + blockbuster + multiple A-list stars + caper + action = hit movie. WHO KNEW?The Thieves opened on Thursday, July 25, and quickly racked up the ticket admittances, setting a new all-time box office record: its 436,628 ticket sales in Day 1 is the top Korean film opening ever, solidly taking over the distinction from the previous top film, 2006′s sci-fi-thriller The Host, which had 395,951 admittances on its first day.(By the way, who else finds South Korea’s method of counting ticket admittances vastly more useful in calculating box office records, rather than sheer money grossed? Because I seem to recall a day when ticket prices didn’t cost more than minimum wage, or sometimes double, and it’s a lot more straightforward to count how many times the movie was seen when you’re talking about all-time biggest movies. But sigh. I guess the bottom line is always about money in the end.)The Thieves—starring a bevy of big stars like Lee Jung-jae, Kim Hye-soo, Kim Yoon-seok, Jeon Ji-hyun, and Kim Soo-hyun—sold out from the first morning screenings on opening day and benefited from word of mouth, according to distributor Showbox. It hit the 1 million sales mark on Day 3 and is well on its way to being one of the year’s biggest hits.To compare The Thieves’ opening day sales with other movies in the 1 million club, we have Haeundae with 177,000, The Good, The Bad, The Weird with 386,880, and D-War at 387,468. Looking at 2012 alone, the previous top opener was Deranged, the Kim Myung-min disaster-thriller about hairworms (the movie’s literal Korean title) that infect people and cause them to drown themselves. It opened with 190,000 tickets.On its second day, it beat out Dark Knight Rises (which opened on the 19th), which sold 167,313 tickets for a total of 3,365,299 overall. The Thieves drew 410,192 ticketholders that day for a total of 862,663 admittances total.July 27 was Day 3, and the film stayed in No. 1 position with 492,701 ticket sales, hitting a total of 1,355,342.I don’t expect The Thieves to reinvent the wheel or pull out something daring and unexpected—it’s a heist movie with big stars. A blockbuster primed for summertime entertainment. And I’m cool with that, because who doesn’t love a good fast caper? I just hope it delivers on its promise of zippy, Ocean’s Eleven-inspired fun.Via My Daily, Joy News
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July 30, 2012 'Thieves' breaks record with 2.9 mil.By Kwaak Je-yup The Korea TimesThe crime drama “The Thieves” has posted the best opening in Korean cinema history, its studio Showbox Mediaplex announced on Monday.Opened Wednesday, director Choi Dong-hoon’s latest film attracted close to 2.9 million moviegoers over five days, equivalent to more than 20.7 billion won in ticket sales.This bests the previous week’s opening of “The Dark Knight Rises,” the final installment of Christopher Nolan’s Batman trilogy, which lured 2.4 million people, or 17.9 billion won in revenue, in four days.The latest trend in the Korean cinema industry is to pull up the opening day to at least Thursday, with more studios moving the date even further up for blockbusters.Comparing just the three-day weekend figures, Korea Film Council’s official tally shows that “The Dark Knight Rises” actually beat “The Thieves” in sales by about 100 million won (14.8 billion to 14.7 billion). But given that the homegrown feature managed to beat the American hero flick in headcount — the latter narrowly missed the 2 million mark while the former edged slightly past it — the higher sales figure for the latest Batman franchise reflects the more expensive ticket price for IMAX cinemas. The seats for the special-format screen are reported to have sold out in advance for three weeks since the July 19 opening.Projections for this week are mixed, given that “The Dark Knight Rises” has garnered more favorable reviews among critics and Netizens. With millions of students and workers on vacation and no major release slated for this week, the battle for the box office throne may come as a surprise.
July 31, 2012Lee Jung-jae and Kim Hye-soo, costars again?by girlfriday dramabeans.comWell when you’ve got a good thing going I guess no one wants to see it end. Recent box office hit The Thieves costars Kim Hye-soo and Lee Jung-jae look like they’re headed for film number two as a combo pack, this time in the Joseon-era historical epic The Face Reader.The film stars Song Kang-ho as a Joseon-era physiognomist/phrenologist, a reader of faces to tell people’s fortunes and characteristics. Is there a historical seer/mystic/pseudoscience trend going on lately, or is it just me? Lee Jung-jae has been offered the role of Prince Suyang, aka second son of King Sejong the Great, and central figure in a ruthless coup d’état to become King Sejo of Joseon. His greatest rival, General Kim Jongseo, has yet to be cast. But the film will focus on their epic battle as Suyang takes over the government by force.But the central figure in this retelling is the face reader, who will guide the fortunes of future kings. Kim Hye-soo has been offered the role of a gisaeng, which would normally be below her pay grade, but this seems to be the kind of tale that will focus on the pivotal nobodies that the history books would have left out. Song Kang-ho signed on early, as he has worked with writer/director Han Jae-rim, of Elegant World (aka The Show Must Go On), The Purpose of Love, and Natural City before.Lee Jung-jae and Kim Hye-soo have yet to sign contracts, but reports are favorable. And one of my favorites, scene-stealer Jo Jung-seok (The King 2 Hearts, Introduction to Architecture) has signed on to play Song Kang-ho’s brother-in-law in the film. I hope he’s at least an apprentice, junior face reader extraordinaire, because it would be great to watch him play off of someone with as much presence as Song Kang-ho.The Face Reader plans to begin shooting by the end of August for a release next year.Via Star News
August 1, 2012'The Thieves' a hit at local box officeYonhapNewsSEOUL, Aug. 1 (Yonhap) -- The Korean heist film "The Thieves" continued its local box office reign in its second week after taking in an opening week record as many holidaymakers seek to escape hot summer weather at cool theaters. The movie, starring top actors and actresses Jun Ji-hyun, Kim Hye-soo, Kim Yun-seok and Lee Jung-jae, broke the 3 million mark in audience number on Monday, the sixth day since its release, drawing 3.35 million viewers. It drew nearly 500,000 moviegoers across the country on that day alone, according to official box-office tallies, meaning many of the viewers are those on summer vacation. The films is drawing moviegoers at a faster pace than director Bong Jun-ho's box-office hit "The Host "(2006) and "D-War" (2007), a sci-fi monster flick by director Shim Hyeong-rae, which drew 3.19 million and 3.09 million, respectively, during the first six days of opening. "The Thieves," if this trend continues, is expected to easily break the 5 million mark within this week. During the same period, the movie raked in more than 50 percent of local box revenues, beating the Hollywood blockbuster "The Dark Knight Rises." "The ticket sales for 'The Thieves' is showing a rare pattern, drawing larger audiences each day as time goes by," an official at the movie's distributor Showbox said. Directed by Choe Dong-hoon, known for "Tazza: the High Rollers" and "The Big Swindle," "The Thieves" is about 10 South Korean and Chinese thieves teaming up to steal a valuable diamond necklace at a Macao casino.
July 30, 2012Movie "Thieves" Attracts over 2 Million ViewersKBS GlobalThe recent movie "Thieves", directed by Choi Dong-hoon, is dominating the box office. Already over 2 million movie-goers have visited the theatres to watch it.According to the Korean Film Council on July 30th, "Thieves" brought in an additional 751,039 people on the 29th, 759,626 people on the 28th, and 493,567 people on the 27th, bringing the total number of viewers to about 2 million viewers. That means that after premieringon the 25th, within just five days, a total of 2.86 million people have already seen the flick. This puts the movie proudly at first place in ticket sales. It even seems mighty possible that it will hit the 3 million mark within six days."Thieves" is about a group of 10 Korean and Chinese thieves that are after the "Tear Of The Sun" diamond. It boasts an A-list cast: Kim Yoon-suk, Kim Hye-soo, Jeon Ji-hyun, Lee Jung-jae, Kim Soo-hyun, and Kim Hae-sook.In second place at the box office on the 29th was the Hollywood blockbuster "The Dark Knight Rises". So far, 4.25 million peole have watched the hit movie. Third place went to "Ice Age 4: Continental Drift", for drawing in a total of about 470,000 people so far. Horror film "Scary Story" was at fourth place for the 141,000 people it garnered. "Detective Conan: 11th Striker" was at fifth place.
August 2, 2012'The Thieves' steals attendance recordBy Carla Sunwoo Korea JoongAng DailyEight days after being released, “The Thieves” has set a box office record of more than four million viewers.According to statistics released by the Korea Film Council on Wednesday, the movie starring some of Korea’s hottest talents - from Kim Soo-hyun to Kim Hye-su - has been seen by 4,365,090 people.“The Thieves” has become the Korean film to draw the largest audience in the shortest time, similar to the sci-fi action films “The Host” (2006) and “D-War” (2007). “Despite the fact that the Olympic Games is on, the film is steadily maintaining a top position,” said a spokesperson of the film, adding that “The Thieves” sold more than a million tickets over a two-day stretch. For the second week in a row, the film is also the most booked movie at the theaters.The plot centers on a gang assembled in Macau by legendary thief Macao Park (Kim Yoon-seok) to steal a $20 million diamond. The gang works with Hong Kong thieves, but they all plan to keep the diamond for themselves.
August 5, 2012"The Thieves" breaks audience record with 6 mln in 11 days: dataYonhapNewsSEOUL, Aug. 5 (Yonhap) -- A South Korean box office hit continued breaking records with over 6 million viewers in the first 11 days of its release, official statistics showed Sunday. "The Thieves," featuring 10 Korean and Chinese thieves teaming up to steal a valuable diamond necklace at a Macao casino, drew 6.2 million viewers in the first 11 days until Saturday, data from the Korean Film Council showed. The film directed by Choe Dong-hoon, who is known for "Tazza: the High Rollers" and "The Big Swindle," has been drawing moviegoers at a faster pace than director Bong Jun-ho's box-office hit "The Host." Industry watchers say "The Thieves" will likely attract 10 million viewers faster than "The Host," which broke the 10 million mark within 21 days. The film had 770,762 viewers on Saturday alone in a daily record for any South Korean film. The movie, starring top actors and actresses Jun Ji-hyun, Kim Hye-soo, Kim Yun-seok and Lee Jung-jae, has raked in more than half of local box revenues, outperforming the Hollywood blockbuster "The Dark Knight Rises."
August 6, 2012The Thieves breaks more records, climbs all-time chartsby girlfriday dramabeans.comTurns out if you cast enough bandits in your movie, they’ll run away with the bank. New summer heist movie The Thieves has reported numbers for its second weekend, breaking another set of box office records in Korea. In Week 2 the film has sold nearly 7 million tickets — 6,884,220 admissions in total by Day 12 of the film’s release. The press is having a field day with the box-office-record-breaking movie, and why not? There’s nothing like a homegrown blockbuster to make you happy to do the math.Over the weekend the film broke the 5-million-by-Day-10 record, a small club for some of the highest grossing films in Korea, both foreign and domestic (The Host previously held the record at 5.1 million at Day 10). But more interesting is the fact that it’s well on its way to topping the all-time box office charts for domestic films, if it keeps up this insane rate of growth.In twelve days it reached 14th in all-time box office admissions for domestic releases, topping total gross ticket sales for movies like Shiri, Ajusshi, and The Good The Bad The Weird. Director Choi Dong-hun’s own Tazza held the 14th spot until this weekend, when his new film The Thieves broke it in just twelve days. Is it more or less consolation if it’s your own film beating out your other film?It’s reportedly earning an estimated $39 million gross (for those of us counting in dollars), and seems poised to break into the 11-million ticket range where the top five all-time domestic films live (Silmido, Haeundae, Taegukgi, The King and the Clown, and of course at number one: The Host with 13 million +).Is there a new top dog on the horizon? It’s still early, but things are looking up for Popeye and his merry band of thieves.Via Hankook Ilbo, Hollywood Reporter
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August 8, 2012"The Thieves" heads for 10 millionNate Reporter: Lee Tae-ho Editor: Monica Suk Kstar10.comKorean blockbuster “The Thieves” is one step closer to reaching 10 million audiences.The director Choi Dong-hoon’s latest film, which hit local theaters on July 25, has since brought in 7,596,732 moviegoers as of Wednesday, according to the data compiled by Korean Film Council (KOFIC).Thanks to the tremendous upturn, the movie shattered the 2012 local box office record and held off the former No. 1 of the year, "Avengers." The superhero pic stopped at attracting about 7,060,000 moviegoers since its opening on April 26.The comedy action flick, starring actor Lee Jung-jae, Kim Yoon-seok, actress Jun Ji-hyun and Kim Hye-soo, has landed at No. 7 at the Korean box office history, beating out the former ranker “Arrow The Ultimate Weapon” (2011).Box office watchers are expecting "The Thieves" to catch up with the record set by Bong Joon-ho’s “The Host” (2006), which attracted about 13 million audience in just 21 days of opening in local theaters. This does not seem to be a difficult task for the hit film, considering that "The Thieves" reached seven million ticket sales in 13 days of premiere while “The Host" accomplished it in 12 days.The latest 10-million-audience film in Korea is director Yoon Je-kyoon's blockbuster "Haeundae," which posted 11 million ticket sales in 2009.
August 10, 2012'The Thieves' tops 8 million viewersYonhapNewsSEOUL, Aug. 10 (Yonhap) -- A South Korean box-office hit has continued to break records with over 8 million viewers, and is expected to reach the 10 million mark next week. "The Thieves," featuring 10 Korean and Chinese thieves teaming up to steal a valuable diamond necklace at a Macao casino, drew 8,098,952 viewers in the first 16 days through Thursday, data from the Korean Film Council showed on Friday. The film directed by Choe Dong-hoon, who is known for "Tazza: the High Rollers" and "The Big Swindle," has been drawing moviegoers at the same pace as director Bong Jun-ho's box-office hit "The Host." Industry watchers say "The Thieves" will likely attract 10 million viewers around next week if the current pace of ticket sales continues. The film drew an average of 250,000 viewers on weekdays in its third week, according to the official data. The last Korean film that attracted more than 10 million moviegoers was "Haeundae," a 2009 disaster drama directed by Yoon Jae-gyun. "The Thieves," starring top actors and actresses Jun Ji-hyun, Kim Hye-soo, Kim Yun-seok and Lee Jung-jae, has raked in more than half of local box revenues, outperforming the Hollywood blockbuster "The Dark Knight Rises."
August 10, 2012'Thieves' stealing the show in KoreaBy Park Eun-jee Korea JoongAng DailyKorean action movie “The Thieves” has set a box office record again with more than eight million viewers, becoming the 10th-most-popular Korean movie of all time as of yesterday.According to statistics released by the Korea Film Council yesterday, the movie has been seen by 8,098,952 moviegoers since its release on July 25.Many industry watchers say that “The Thieves” will likely attract 10 million viewers around next week with the current pace of ticket sales.The film overtakes Hollywood super hero film “The Avengers” as the most-watched movie of this year, raking in more than half of the local box office revenue. It has also surpassed Hollywood blockbuster “The Dark Knight Rises.”“The Thieves” garnered a lot of attention before its release as the action-thriller stars A-list actors and actresses Jun Ji-hyun, Kim Hye-soo, Kim Yun-seok and Lee Jung-jae. The plot centers on a gang assembled in Macau by legendary thief Macao Park (Kim Yun-seok) to steal a $20 million diamond.
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