Netflix has acquired the Chinese sci-fi blockbuster The Wandering Earth and accepts the worldwide rights of SVOD countries other than mainland China. I understand that the streaming service has also earned the rights to the 2nd run in North America (where CMC Pictures has cinemas), Australia, New Zealand and Korea. The movie, which was the first sci-fi Hollywood-style blockbuster to be billed from the Middle Kingdom, became the # 2 box office at China's box office this past weekend with $ 560 million by Sunday. By Wednesday, they had recorded $ 604 million. That's the case after only 16 days – and the run is not over yet.
Netflix does not operate directly in China, but previously had an expired relationship with the iQiyi streaming service. I hear that the local streaming rights have gone to Youku, who is also an investor in The Wandering Earth .
The film is based on a short story by The Three Body Problem . s Hugo award winner Liu Cixin. Wu Jing of Wolf Warrior has become an indisputable force at Chinese hubs ̵
During the Chinese New Year, we observed how TWE grew stronger in the Middle Kingdom. Hardly a sleeper, he was prepared to win the holiday meeting, and did not disappoint, because he continued his daily climb and broke speed records to milestones. Last weekend, it surpassed Avengers: Infinity War and became the largest IMAX release in China. By Sunday, there were a total of $ 43.7 million.
Against the background of the imminent destruction of the Sun The Wandering Earth will be presented in the near future a project that will put the inhabitants of the planet in a remote region star system and save humanity. The film comes from the culture of Beijing (19459003), Wolf Warrior, Dying To Survive and A Cool Fish ) and also had a North American theater run, which has so far brought in about $ 4 million.
Director and writer: Frant Gwo, movie stars Qu Chuxiao, Li Guangjie, Ng Man-tat and Zhao Jinmai. It employed around 7,000 people for two years with post-production and special effects, including more than 3,000 concept designs, more than 10,000 custom-made props, and more than 2,000 special effects. With a reported budget of $ 50 million, it was hailed as a breakthrough for the local industry. James Cameron, who was in town this week to promote Alita: Battle Angel which will appear on Friday and come out with the handle of Wandering Earth also praised the film ,
Jerry Zhang, Content Acquisition Manager, of Netflix says the service is committed to providing entertainment enthusiasts with access to a variety of global content. With its high-quality production and narration of stories, we believe that The Wandering Earth is loved by science fiction fans around the world. "
Director Gwo added," This is a movie created for the Chinese audience worldwide, and it has been well received since its premiere, we are very excited about it. To my surprise, this film also resonates outside of China. Netflix will translate it into 28 languages, allowing more viewers to participate regardless of geographic or linguistic differences. "