Friday, June 7, 2013

Kim Soo Hyun's new film breaks box office records

By JONATHAN HICAP, Manila Bulletin
Actor Kim Soo Hyun proved his star power when his new film "Secretly, Greatly" drew 1 million audience in just two days to break box office records in South Korea.
"Secretly, Greatly" opened in theaters in South Korea on June 5 and drew 498,284 people on the first day to set the record of having the highest first-day attendance for a Korean film.
Kim Soo Hyun (Photos by

The film's first day audience total surpassed "Iron Man 3," which drew 420,000 people on its first day in Korea, and "The Thieves," which had 436,596.

By noon of June 6, "Secretly, Greatly" reached 1,011,025 in the number of tickets sold to become the No. 1 film in South Korea to achieve the one-million mark in the shortest period.

It beat the previous record-holder, "Transformer: Dark of the Moon," which achieved one-million audience in three days when it was released in Korea in 2011.

With his film achieving the record, Kim Soo Hyun did the famous "Gwiyomi" gesture when he visited theaters together with other cast members. The star promised that he would do the "Gwiyomi" when the film reached sold one million tickets.

According to data from the Korean Film Council, "Secretly, Greatly" has achieved an attendance of 1.42 million as of June 6 and cumulative sales of 9.9 billion won (about P372 million).

"Secretly, Greatly" is based on the webtoon "Covertness." Kim Soo Hyun plays a North Korean spy in South Korea who pretends to be the village idiot.

The film also stars Lee Hyun-woo, Park Ki-woong and Son Hyun-joo.

Kim Soo Hyun made his debut in the Korean entertainment industry in 2007. He became known when he starred in the drama "Dream High" in 2011.

He rose to stardom via the drama "The Moon That Embraces The Sun," which aired in Korea last year.

He won the best actor award at the 48th Baeksang Arts Awards last year for his role in the drama.

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