China's first blockbuster sci-fi film is on track to be one of the highest-grossing films in country's history
China's first blockbuster sci-fi film, The Wandering Earth, is on track to be one of the highest-grossing films in the country's history.
The film, with a scale rivalling Hollywood space epics like Interstellar and Gravity, is a hit among moviegoers and has raked in more than 2.3 billion yuan (£264 million) since its release on February 5, the first day of the Lunar New Year, according to box office tracker Maoyan cited by Xinhua.
The movie, based on sci-fi author Liu Cixin's novel, tells the story of humans' effort to launch the Earth out of the solar system using rocket thrusters after the Sun expands and threatens to scorch the planet in an explosion.
The Three-Body Problem series, which the film was based on, won Liu a Hugo Award in 2015, making him the first Asian author to win the Hugo for best novel.
The film's total box office income is projected by Maoyan to reach 5.1 billion yuan (£586 million), which would make it China's second highest-grossing film in history following 2017 mega-blockbuster Wolf Warrior 2.
Directed by Frant Gwo (aka Guo Fan), The Wandering Earth features Chinese cities including Beijing, Shanghai and Hangzhou, as well as traditional Spring Festival celebrations.
Gwo told Xinhua that the movie was not a 'hero movie' but about humanity fighting a crisis 'as one community'.
'The film has little to do with nations, races or languages - at that time (of global calamities) everyone makes the same choice. In our story, there is no superhero who saves the world, but ordinary people united as one to embark on the wandering journey with Earth,' he said.
The film took four years to complete, and Gwo, whose previous works include a teen film and a fantasy romance film, said the hardest part was overcoming ubiquitous disbelief that his team could produce a high-quality sci-fi movie.
Science fiction has remained the most underdeveloped genre in China's fast-growing movie industry due to huge technical costs and the deep philosophical depth often involved in plots.
According to the producer, about 80 per cent of the film's visual and special effects was produced by Chinese companies. Viewers and critics believe this could be China's breakthrough in the sci-fi film genre, according to Xinhua.
While the producers have not released an official figure for the film's budget, some Chinese media suggested it could be over 500 million yuan (£57 million), according to South China Morning Post.
The film has generated a large buzz in China and worldwide with preliminary positive reviews from critics. It has a limited release in the United States, Canada, Australia and New Zealand.
China's film market is expected to overtake the US as the world's largest by 2022. In the first quarter of last year, the Chinese market surpassed that of the US, with films such as Ready Player One and Pacific Rim enjoying bigger box office debuts in China than the US.
According to the State Film Administration, China's box office earnings reached 5.84 billion yuan (£671 million) during the Spring Festival holiday this year.
The single-day box office earnings on the first day of the Chinese Lunar New Year reached 1.44 billion yuan (£165 million), breaking the record of 1.27 billion yuan (£146 million) last year.
译文来源：三泰虎 http://www.santaihu.com/47086.html 译者：Jessica.Wu
Bawl4, Manhattan, 1 week ago
Hmmm,I wonder if it's on The Pirate Bay,because I definitely wouldn't download it for free...
Meh....., Northern Virginia, United States, 1 week ago
"with a scale rivalling Hollywood space epics like Interstellar and Gravity", so it sucks then.
Charles, London, United Kingdom, 1 week ago
I pretty much stopped reading ( and I'm a SciFi fan ) after I got to the part where they moved the Earth by using 'rocket thrusters'...seriously?
You_Are_An_ID10T, Merica, United States, 1 week ago
You are no SciFi fan then....
Red_Squirrel, Teesside, United Kingdom, 1 week ago
Seen many Chinese movies - very professional and better than many movies made in the West - biggest problem is either sub titles or dubbed sound As long as you are prepared to read the Subs the acting and special effects are brilliant,
Miserable old Phart, Toronto, 1 week ago
I haven't read the book but wouldn't pushing Earth away from the solar system doom them all to die in the coldness of space?
ProudBlackRepublican, Little Rock, United States, 1 week ago
JS, the Earth's core would not keep the surface warm. All the water on Earth would freeze, photosynthesis would come to a halt, and with no liquid surfae water, tectonic plate movement would stop. The Earth would become a giant, lifeless snowball. I think the premise of this movie is that the move the Earth into a safer orbit as the Sun expands.
js46358, A Brit in Beverly Hills, United States, 7 days ago
@Proud Earth tectonics have nothing to do with the Sun.
JustAnotherVoice, Camp Geiger, United States, 1 week ago
I love sci fi movies and many non Hollywood movies have been getting better and better in the last few years.
Petejwuk, Nottingham, United Kingdom, 1 week ago
How is this based on The Three-Body Problem? That was about remote contact with a hostile alien civilisation.
udcbagnes, pathier, Switzerland, 1 week ago
china's domestic market is indeed huge, but also captive. they have no choice. they have their own internet, their own search engine and now their own movies. but china, big as it is, is not the world.
eu exit, Chelsea, United Kingdom, 1 week ago
Good for them, less western propaganda.
Dex Tex, Hard knocks, United States, 1 week ago
Why so much ice and snow shouldn't earth be a desert ?
bob, The Great Lakes, United States, 1 week ago
"This space food tastes like cat."
Dontarguewithme, Mission Viejo, United States, 1 week ago
Crouching tiger is still one of my favorite movies
Andrew1428, Plymouth, United Kingdom, 1 week ago
I was looking forward to this as I've read Cixin Liu's 'three body problem' trilogy and enjoyed all of them immensely, especially 'the dark forest'. They were making a 'three body problem' movie a few years ago but it looks like that's been ditched. Anyway, this movie isn't showing near to me so I guess I'll wait 'til I can get it on DVD.
Wayne Hisler, Albuquerque NM, United States, 1 week ago
Sounds like a pretty good movie.
UK Free at last, Lancashire, United Kingdom, 1 week ago
Interstellar and Gravity were both rubbish, if you want to see a truly great film go and watch Alita Battle Angel .. you won't regret it, best film I have seen in a long time and I'm a movie buff.
Victoire3, Paris, France, 1 week ago
Interstellar was rubbish? and you call yourself a movie buff?
Beijing Boy, Beijing, China, 1 week ago
It is a nice film, watched it at the weekend, fortunately has English subtitles, tend to forget after 1st 10 minutes that you are reading the words rather than listening