'The Thieves' Set for New Box Office Record

The crime flick "The Thieves" has leapfrogged "Taegukgi: The Brotherhood of War" to claim third place in the all-time box office hit parade for Korean films. According to the Korean Film Council on Sunday, it drew 215,072 viewers on Saturday alone, bringing the total to 11.91 million spectators.

"The Thieves" will also likely overtake "The King and the Clown," which lured 12.3 million moviegoers as it remains the top spots at local box office charts one month after its release.

Now attention is being paid to whether it will eclipse "The Host," which has held the box office record for the last six years.

"The Thieves" has drawn attention for its star-studded cast, which includes Kim Hye-soo, Lee Jung-jae, Jeon Ji-hyun, and Kim Soo-hyun, and has invited comparisons with Steven Soderbergh's hit movie "Ocean's Eleven."

englishnews@chosun.com / Aug. 27, 2012 12:38 KST