Even though China-U.S. co-produced ($150 million) fantasy film wouldn’t get released in the USA until February, The Great Wall opened in China on Friday and, according to Variety, “had the second biggest single day for any film in China this year,” grossing $22.6 million (RMB 157 million), and hit a whopping $66 million in it’s opening weekend.
It made it one of the top two single day scores by any film this year,” Variety reports. “Warcraft, against which Great Wall is unavoidably bench-marked, earned RMB 122 million on June 8, before piling up a total of RMB 1.47 billion ($212 million). Chinese romance, I Belonged to You earned RMB 101 million on Sept 29, before a lifetime total of RMB 814 million ($117 million).
The movie is about three Westerners – played by Matt Damon, Pedro Pascal, and Willem Dafoe — travelling to China to steal gunpowder and bring it back to the West, but along the way, they accidentally come upon a very private army that defends the Great Wall against monsters that attack every 60-years. Coincidentally, it also happens to be the eve of the fight, and the Westerners offer to help fight the monsters.
According to Weiying’s attitude survey, audiences gave the film an 8.4 out of 10. However, The Hollywood Reporter’s Clarence Tsui, says the film is “the least interesting and involving (huge bomb/hugely popular movie or book)” of director Zhang Yimou and Damon’s careers, and Variety’s Maggie Lee, says Yimou’s “signature visual amaze, his gift for showing delicate relationships and beating strong emotions are stepped all over by dead-serious hugely important (work) wishes.”
Starring worldwide superstar Matt Damon (The Martian, Jason Bourne) and directed by one of the most amazing visual stylists of our time, Zhang Yimou (Hero, House of Flying Knives), Famous’s The Great Wall tells the story of an elite force making a brave stand for people on the world’s most famous structure.
The Great Wall also stars Jing Tian (Kong: Skull Island, Pacific Rim: Destructive storm), Pedro Pascal (Game of (seats of power of a king or queen), Narcos), Willem Dafoe (Spider-Man, John Wick), and Andy Lau (Hell-related Affairs, The Warlords), Hanyu Zhang, Eddie Peng, Lu Han, Kenny Lin, Junkai Wang, Zheng Kai, Cheney Chen, and Xuan Huang.
The Great Wall will be released in theatres on February 17, 2017.