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Kim Soo-hyun piggybacks The Thieves’ 10 millionth moviegoer
by | August 20, 2012 | 46 Comments

Ha, this is what you get when you make a public wager, your film blows up into a huge box office success, and then you have to do as you jokingly promised you would. In Kim Soo-hyun’s case, he’d made a declaration last month at the film’s red carpet event that if The Thieves broke the 10-million-tickets-sold mark, he’d give a personal piggyback ride to the 10 millionth ticketholder.

Time to put your money where your mouth is! Kim gave the promised ride on August 18 at Seoul’s Megabox in Kangnam, along with his co-star Kim Hae-sook, who had her own promise to keep, bestowing a moviegoer with a kiss. I have no idea how people were able to pinpoint which exact ticket sold in the country was the 10 millionth, but they located the female middle-school student, who came up from the countryside with her parents for the event. She got her piggyback ride around the theater and apparently cried in joy. I don’t blame ya. He just made her the coolest girl in school.

The Thieves has now overtaken Silmido on the all-time Korean box office list, claiming the No. 5 position. Its 11.1 million tickets sold just outpaces Silmido’s 11.08, although there’s still time for that number to climb. If it brings in more than 11.39 million, it’ll beat out Haeundae for 4th place. (No. 3 on the list is Taegukgi, No. 2 The King and the Clown, and No. 1 The Host.)

As I mentioned in this recent post, Gone With the Wind is also logging impressive numbers at the box office with its similar-but-not-quite premise: Joseon thieves band together on a grand-scale heist… for ice. Same conflict, different commodity.

I don’t know if it’s something in the water that brings all these similarly-themed projects out at the same time, or maybe it’s a huge coincidence. (Or series of them.) But it’s summertime, and star-studded action pieces tend to do well, and hey, who doesn’t love a good David-robs-Goliath story?

So while Gone With the Wind enters its third week of screenings, The Thieves heads into Month 2 and has also scored an invitation to the 37th Toronto International Film Festival. Hm, it seems like a rather commercial project for a film festival, but nobody’s complaining about the exposure. The move will screen in the Contemporary World Cinema category.

Via Yonhap News, TV Report


46 Comments from the Beanut Gallery
  1. Dix

    He is luck it’s not a big man.

    • 1.1 jomo

      LOL! Can you imagine if it were a big anyone?
      He’d be crushed!

    • 1.2 rearwindow

      That would be HILARIOUS.

    • 1.3 lavoris

      That’s what I was thinking, he might have bitten off more than he could chew. Don’t try this one in ‘The States’! πŸ™‚

  2. Mystisith

    I love stupid bets. So. Much. πŸ™‚ They make life more interesting. Hold on girl! It’s surely your lucky day. Who knows…

  3. Arhazivory

    Luck~y. lol.

  4. Eye Candy

    I’m really glad he kept his silly promise because even though he made it as a joke, it would have been lame if he had backed out of it. I think the girl looks a little overwhelmed, but she has an awesome story to tell later. Sigh, too bad I didn’t buy a ticket…

  5. Noemi

    that’s so cute! πŸ˜€

  6. Di

    lucky girl β™₯

  7. Ivoire


  8. Jules

    who doesn’t love a good David-robs-Goliath story?

    Ha, I totally read that as: David-rubs-Goliath, which would’ve been an altogether different story…

    • 8.1 CoH


    • 8.2 Kiara

      Lol ..glad it wasn’t a big guy that won.

      • 8.2.1 SoyJade

        I think they might have chosen the most suitable winner for PR purposes, instead of leaving it to luck. IMO. She is a perfect candidate for a winner. A guy, an older woman or a young 18+ woman would have been uncomfortable, or not given the story the sweetness this one adds.

        Just my 2 cents. Kind of reminds me of Secret Garden when they chose the winner to the trip to Jeju Island w/ Oska. πŸ™‚

  9. come2noona

    Awwww. How exciting for that girl!

  10. 10 coffeevampire

    I would love a piggy back ride too!!!!

  11. 11 lu24

    how lucky she was πŸ™‚

  12. 12 laruelqueen

    Omg super lucky wish I were a middle schooler haha

  13. 13 Emily

    From what I heard, they held the event and would choose the lucky people from the event itself as there is highly improbable of determining who the 10th million viewer is.

  14. 14 Emily

    From what I heard, they held the event and would choose the lucky people from the event itself as there is highly improbable of determining who the 10th million viewer is.

    But ha, at least it was a young student. :]

  15. 15 Fiercediva

    As a regular attendee of the Toronto Int’l Film Festival, I’m thrilled “The Thieves” will be there (as well as Song Joong-ki’s “A Werewolf Boy”) and hoping for some cast to appear at the premiere as is customary. Toronto isn’t Sundance; prospective Oscar nominees like “The King’s Speech” are are regularly screened alongside more indie fare. This year the festival is premiering an Asian Film Summit for industry attendees covering financing, distribution and marketing strategies that should also prove fruitful.

    • 15.1 msim

      Yep, the TO festival is a delicate balance of commercial and artistic: catch a Hollywood blockbuster, than an indie Vietnamese film about a poet, than a Finnish flick, then an Iranian lesbian love story.

      That festival is a gem!

  16. 16 Danna

    so very jealous right now!! lol…think I would cry too

  17. 17 Steamy Bun

    omo, that is so CUTE!! Though I kind of wish the 10 millionth viewer would have been an indifferent ajusshi or haraboeji LOL.

  18. 18 Noelle

    Aww that is so sweet of them.

  19. 19 Noelle

    Aww that is so sweet of them.

    Ya know he’s probably ecstatic it was a little girl. He needs his back after all ;p

  20. 20 dulcedeleche

    Seriously where/when can i watch this movie????

  21. 21 DarknessEyes

    haha Kim Soo Hyun looks mighty cute there. <3

  22. 22 malta

    Wow, she was holding on for dear life. Very cute. Probably made her year…heck, her adolescences. LOL

  23. 23 UJ

    Oh god i would have does if i had won a chance to piggy back ride Kim Soo Hyun!! *dreams*

  24. 24 UJ

    Lol made a typo!

  25. 25 ck1Oz

    She was so cute bet she will be a fan for life now.

  26. 26 nheony

    That is so sweet. *envious

  27. 27 biankoy


  28. 28 topper

    A big male movie goer would have been epic. I bet even if it was the case the results would have been manipulated, or the winner would have turned it down.

  29. 29 hima

    *sigh* its things like this that make me wish i lived in Korea..!

  30. 30 mandy

    Anyone glad that it turns out to be a lightweight middleschooler?

    • 30.1 Daktari

      Pretty sure Kim Soo-hyun is πŸ™‚

  31. 31 pumpkinattack

    That’s soooo adorable! πŸ˜€

  32. 32 sean

    oh my gosh.
    if the film’s coming to TIFF…then possibly so will kim soo hyun and i will be SO fricking happy. I’m gonna creep the streets for him :3

  33. 33 thamoley

    Too cute!! Can’t wait to see the movie

  34. 34 Ruky

    I am just happy she wasn’t heavy like me LOL

  35. 35 nonski

    awwwwwwwwwwwwwwww~~~~ cutie πŸ™‚

  36. 36 Fatemeh

    OMG! He really did it! So cute!

  37. 37 lei

    at least he did it for a promise. lucky girl!

  38. 38 Carinne

    Okay, first, I was like KSH looks so adorkable there with the trademark “oppa piggyback your girl” moment.

    Last but not least, I was all, I hope the girl strikes better luck by remembering to shave her legs. πŸ˜‰ LOL~

    I say this show is rigged. KSH is a very lucky lad in life.

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