'The Wandering Earth' destroys global box office competition on $173m

Screen | 2/11/2019 | Jeremy Kay
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Chinese titles were in typically robust form over the Chinese New Year holiday as The Wandering Earth earned $172.7m and Crazy Alien delivered $77.7m to obliterate the Hollywood competition at the global and international box office.

How To Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World was the top Hollywood film of the session, while Bohemian Rhapsody became the first Fox release since Avatar to cross $100m in Japan, and Ralph Breaks The Internet is a week or so away from crossing $500m worldwide.

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Frant Gwo’s sci-fi The Wandering Earth stands at $289.1m and stars Wu Jing, Qu Chuxiao in the story of a mission to relocate earth to a new star system after the Sun dies, forcing humanity underground. Comedy Crazy Alien has reached an early $213.6m and stars Huang Bo and Shen Teng as brothers who hope to cash in on an alien arrival. It marks the third film in director Ning Hao’s Crazy series and his first film for a Chinese New Year release.

Pegasus added $52.4m for $150.6m and also stars Shen, this time as a former racing champion turned fried rice stall manager hoping to return to the sport. Director Han Han’s last film Duckweed opened during 2017 Chinese New Year.

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How To Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World brought in a further $38.2m from 46 territories to boost the global tally to $138.7m as the DreamWorks Animation release prepares to take off in North America on February 22. The family feature opened at number one in Germany on $6.92m for the biggest February launch of all time, and scored $6.86m in France for the second biggest February debut behind Zootopia.

The Hidden World delivered the highest debut of all time for an animation in Vietnam, where it took advantage of the New Year holidays to earn $2.5m, which included the biggest...
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