‘Moon Man’ lifts off with $148 million – The Hollywood Reporter

A heartwarming sci-fi comedy about a Chinese astronaut who believes he is the last human alive has boosted the Chinese box office in spectacular fashion. The Moon Man, directed by Zhang Chiyu of hit comedy troupe Mahua FunAge, opened to $148 million over the weekend, including pre-sales, according to data from Artisan Gateway. Local ticketing app Maoyan predicts the film will gross more than $640 million (RMB 4.34 billion) before it leaves Chinese screens, making it the country’s sixth-biggest film of all. time.

As a more fanciful version of The Martian, The Moon Man features Shen Teng (goodbye mister loser) as a Chinese astronaut on the moon who comes to believe he is the last human in the universe after witnessing an asteroid collide with Earth. In truth, many of Earth’s survivors, including his dream girl (Ma Li), are watching his every move via a live stream.

The film delighted both Chinese critics and mainstream moviegoers, earning social scores of 9.3 for Maoyan, 9.5 for Tao Piao Piao, and 7 for Douban moviegoers.

The Moon Man earned $6.3 million from Imax theaters, marking the giant-screen operator’s best summer opening in China since before the pandemic.

A key figure in the Mahua FunAge troupe, Zhang burst onto the Chinese film scene with his directorial debut never say die in 2017. The film earned $333 million, the third-highest gross in China that year. Other successes of Mahua FunAge, a theater troupe turned television and film producer, include, goodbye mister loser (2015; $228 million) and hello mr billionaire (2018; $367 million).

The Moon ManBeijing’s success has been acclaimed across the Chinese film industry, which continued to struggle throughout 2022 amid Beijing’s “zero COVID” approach to the pandemic, as lockdowns at across the city regularly shut down movie theaters and suppress consumer sentiment. Overall, China’s total movie ticket revenue in 2022 is 33% lower than last year.

In an interview with China’s state-run press, Zhang referred to the industry’s recent difficulties, saying, “Difficulties are always temporary and will pass. We will vanquish.

The remaining stocks made small gains in The Moon Manwakes up. Hong Kong action comedy Detective Vs. Detectiveits approached the $100 million mark, adding $3.5 million for total sales of $99 million. sentimental drama light up the stars earned $3.4 million, bringing its total to an impressive $245 million.

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