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BTS smash own cinema record with Bring the Soul

Bring the Soul: The Movie, the latest film by K-pop superstars BTS, broke the admissions and box-office records for an ‘event cinema’ release, the band’s label, Big Hit, and the film’s distributor, Trafalgar Releasing, have announced.

Bring the Soul, which opened in a record 112 countries on 7 August, gained 2.55 million admissions across 5,000 cinemas, for a global box-office take of over $24m.

Bring the Soul: The Movie, which finds BTS at the end of their Love Yourself tour of Europe, also reached No 10 in the US in its opening weekend, and number nine in the UK.

The film follows the boy band’s debut, Burn the Stage: The Movie, based on the 2017 Wings tour, which sold more than 1.4m tickets – then a record for an event cinema (ie music, sport, comedy, etc.) release – and follow-up Love Yourself in Seoul, released in January.

BTS fans spent a collective €3.5m on livestreaming the group’s Wembley Stadium shows when the Love Yourself tour visited London in May.

 


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Big Hit announces “extended” BTS break

K-pop stars BTS are taking a break from touring, following their appearance at the Lotte Duty Free Family Concert in Seoul, South Korea on Sunday (11 August).

For the first time since their 2013 debut, the band will be going on “an official and extended period of rest and relaxation”, reads a statement posted on management company Big Hit Entertainment’s Twitter page.

The break is intended to offer BTS members a chance to “recharge” and “enjoy the ordinary lives of young people in their 20s”.

The announcement follows the release of the third BTS feature film Bring the Soul: The Movie. The film opened in 110 countries, a record for ‘event cinema’. Since its release, the film has grossed US$4.4 million in the United States and $8.2m elsewhere, totalling $12.6m – a “noisy number for a special-event release” according to the Hollywood Reporter.

“BTS will return refreshed and recharged to return all the love you have and continue to show them”

Big Hit Entertainment urges fans to “show consideration” for the band members’ need to rest, should they encounter one of the artists during their time off.

“BTS will return refreshed and recharged to return all the love you have and continue to show them,” concludes the statement.

BTS are scheduled to play a show at Saudi Arabia’s 70,000-capacity King Fahd International stadium on 11 October, before embarking on a three-night run at Seoul’s Olympic stadium (69,950-cap.). Tickets for all dates will become available soon.

 


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Widest-ever event cinema release for BTS’s Bring the Soul

Bring the Soul: The Movie, the third BTS feature film, has had the widest-ever release for an ‘event cinema’ film, as management company Big Hit Entertainment and film distributor Trafalgar Releasing bet on another record-breaking release for the K-pop phenoms.

The film, which opened in cinemas on Wednesday (7 August) and finds the boy band at the end of their Love Yourself tour of Europe, will open in a record 112 countries through Sunday 11 August.

It follows debut film Burn the Stage: The Movie, based on the 2017 Wings tour, which sold more than 1.4m tickets – a record for an event cinema (ie music, sport, comedy, etc.) release – and follow-up Love Yourself in Seoul, released in January.

Tickets to see the film, which is showing at most local cinemas, is available from Bring the Soul’s website, bringthesoulthemovie.com.

 


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