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Hide and Seek leads the thriller-packed box office
by | August 19, 2013 | 29 Comments

We’ve got a couple of movies burning up the box office these days, and taking a look at the top of the charts would indicate we’re in thriller season.

The big names of recent weeks have been Ha Jung-woo’s The Terror Live, Jang Hyuk and Su Ae’s contagion thriller The Flu, and the most recent entry, Sohn Hyun-joo’s Hide and Seek.

Hide and Seek, which opened on Wednesday the 14th, took first place at the box office over the weekend, raking in 1.35 million admissions from Friday through Sunday. That brought its overall sales to 2.12 million, which puts it on the fast track to challenging Gift of Room 7 and Gwanghae, The Man Who Became King on the all-time box office list, because it broke the 2 million mark faster than those two. As Gift and Gwanghae currently stand in third and fourth places on the all-time box office list, Hide and Seek is off to an auspicious start.

In second place was The Flu, which opened on the same day, which took in 1.85 million tickets overall. Not a bad number, although it did release on more screens than Hide and Seek. Director Bong Joon-ho’s Snowpiercer, in its third week of release, was in third place; the sci-fi action film has been well-received and has already broken 8 million admissions. Fourth place went to The Terror Live, which celebrated its third week of release by breaking the 5 million ticket mark.

We’ve covered the other films previously, so here’s the lowdown on Hide and Seek, which centers around two families who get caught up in a “breathless struggle” to protect their homes against the strangers who hide inside. A poster asks the question, “Have you heard of the Hide and Seek horror story?”

The trailer below starts with a child saying, “A strange rumor started going around our neighborhood, about people who entered other people’s houses and hid there.” Sohn Hyun-joo arrives looking for his hyung, and notices strange markings on the doors—markings that seemingly indicate who lives inside. The copy reads: “Somebody… lives… in my house…” and ends with the question, “Do you still… think your home… is safest?” Shudders.

Via Newsen, Asiae


29 Comments from the Beanut Gallery
  1. niKai

    what’s could possible be the motive of this hide and seek? hmm..curious. I hope it’s not “just because.”

  2. The Real CZ

    I’m glad to see Sohn Hyun Joo having a lot of success in the past year. I became a fan of his while watching Tazza (the drama version) and thought he was a great supporting character, and now I’m glad he’s able to get some lead parts, especially in successful projects.

    • 2.1 eny

      yes, i watch The Chaser n Empire of Gold, it’s good

    • 2.2 Lulu

      He was great in Running Man ^^

  3. Kiara

    Sohn Hyun-joo is on fire. Love the guy and he totally deserve all the success he’s getting. It’s too bad Empire Gold is not as good as The Chaser.

    • 3.1 Jules

      I haven’t seen The Chaser, and I’m absolutely loving Empire Gold. Was The Chaser really that good?

      • 3.1.1 dreaming....

        I haven’t watch Empire Gold but The Chaser is simply one of the best Kdrama I have ever watched in history. Great thriller and very engaging. Would definitely recommend this drama.

      • 3.1.2 eny

        I think Empire of Gold not as thrilling as The Chaser but it’s still good. Empire of Gold is one of 4 drama that i watch now

      • 3.1.3 Kiara

        The Chaser is better by a mile in quality but you need to check it and make your own decision. I don’t like EG, its not as engaging plus I don’t care for the 2 main lead’s acting.

    • 3.2 Tha

      Im loving Empire of Gold…But Im going to definitely check out the Chaser too now! This man in intensity to the MAX!

  4. CutiieAngiie

    Seriously, I’m so curious about the movie Hide and Seek. I watched their segment on Entertainment Weekly and the way they talked about this movie, “a new kind of thriller”. It’s just so mysterious and seeing the trailer, i have no idea who or what the intruders are.
    I hope they do not take the “intruders don’t exist, they are all on his mind. He got mad” something like that.

    Gosh’, I have a lot of movies to watch O.O All the movie you have listed in this post, plus Covertly Grandly, Aging Family …etc. Plus plus, there are dramas too !

  5. Waiting


    Thanks for the info! Just curious, which film is the all-time #1 box office hit? You mentioned th current #2 and #3


    • 5.1 Kiara

      I’m guessing it’s still The Host.

    • 5.2 The Real CZ

      I’m pretty sure The Thieves became #1 last year.

    • 5.3 eny

      really?????I thought it’s Gift of Room 7

      • 5.3.1 Jadis

        That’s simply this year so far 🙂

        As of August 2013
        The Thieves officially surpassed The Host, follow by Gift of Room 7 at third place of all times, Masquerade and finally The King and the Clown.

  6. saranga

    and this is one of those movies i will be sure to watch in broad daylight.

  7. krikkrik

    So this was the concept for the rm 158 😀 i know they want to promote it through rm. well, they did it. . hahahaha.

  8. whitethorns

    Sohn Hyun Joo is my new favorite veteran actor. This man is upping his game lately. So glad he got to headline highly successful shows. This man blew me over since The Chaser! Congratulations!

  9. Perrie

    Soo that’s why they were on running man, ahhhh!!!
    I liee the trailer as well,
    I was on the edge of my sit too!

  10. 10 liz

    Hi JB and everyone, can someone please answer me?

    Which number is considered average/good for a movie?

    And which is considered bad? for example I saw Sung Joon movie got 16 420 ouch.

    It is pretty bad right?

  11. 11 Jan

    Are they hiding like Jae Hee was in 3-Iron? So curious.

  12. 12 all4movies

    Nice to see a veteran actor given a chance to lead. This guy’s been in a lot of dramas in a supporting role and he’s always been solid.

  13. 13 anna

    I don’t know about you guys, but I see a pattern here. Everyone who went on Running Man to promote their movies, it always become a box office hit! LOL

    • 13.1 anna

      Crossing fingers that Woobin (or the cast of Friends 2) will appear on Running Man in the future 😀

  14. 14 TS

    This looks really good. Creepy, and totally unrealistic, unless there are catacombs (could happen in London or Rome, I’m thinking) but still good.

    Anyone know when TOP’s Alumni come out?

  15. 15 Vars

    Hide and Seek’s basic premise creeps me out way more than Scream or any of those “it’s inside the house” movies.

    I guess knowing that “it” wants to kill me doesn’t bother me as much as not knowing why it’s living in my house and hiding from me.

    I’m definitely going to keep an eye out for this movie.

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