China's first big-budget sci-fi blockbuster hits jackpot

The Wandering Earth earned $633 million in 10 days, making it China's fifth-highest grossing film. Based on a novella by award-winning author Liu Cixin, the movie took four years and $68 million to complete.
The Wandering Earth earned $633 million in 10 days, making it China's fifth-highest grossing film. Based on a novella by award-winning author Liu Cixin, the movie took four years and $68 million to complete.PHOTO: REUTERS

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A disaster movie that saw Beijing and Shanghai inauspiciously destroyed has drawn millions of Chinese to the cinema, edging out the usual feel-good comedies or action flicks to top the box-office takings this Chinese New Year period.

Hailed as China's first big-budget sci-fi movie, The Wandering Earth earned 3.16 billion yuan (S$633 million) in 10 days, making it the country's fifth-highest grossing film.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on February 17, 2019, with the headline 'China's first big-budget sci-fi blockbuster hits jackpot'. Print Edition | Subscribe