Chinese box office
The Chinese box office has grown by leaps and bounds: it grew sixty-fold from 2003 to 2015, when its revenue hit $7 billion. By 2019, it's expected to be the biggest in the world and it is a huge market for Hollywood movies.
Filming 'The Great Wall'
- 'The Great Wall', which combines concepts and casts from America and China, is reportedly the most expensive movie ever to be shot exclusively in China.
- Making of the movie however ran into several hurdles: filming in polluted Beijing to stark differences in on-set safety requirements in China as compared to the US and lobbying with China's state censors was part of the initial struggle.
'The Great Wall' debuts in China
- "The Great Wall" is a $150 million historical fantasy that has been co-produced by American and Chinese companies.
- The movie debuted in China yesterday and is eagerly being watched by Hollywood bigwigs to see how well it is received by the Chinese audience.
- Several production companies are keen on planning other US-Sino projects and see "The Great Wall" as the litmus test.
Lukewarm reaction to American protagonist
The movie stars Matt Damon as a mercenary joining hands with Chinese soldiers to fight an army of monsters. Many were dismayed with his "white savior" narrative in a Chinese movie. Chinese-American actress Constance Wu said "Our heroes don't look like Matt Damon."
Prospects of 'The Great Wall'
- "The Great Wall" is expected to do well in China, but box-office analysts aren't keeping their hopes up for its chances in the US.
- A producer currently working on a US-Sino co-production said, "I need this movie to succeed."
- Producer, Peter Loehr said, "I don't know if middle America or Europe or markets around the world will embrace this film. Ultimately the audience decides."