Chinese film ‘The Wandering Earth’ tops global box office

Frant Gwo’s ‘The Wandering Earth’ is based on the 2000 novella of the same name by Liu Cixin. — Picture courtesy of CMC Pictures via AFP-Relaxnews
Frant Gwo’s ‘The Wandering Earth’ is based on the 2000 novella of the same name by Liu Cixin. — Picture courtesy of CMC Pictures via AFP-Relaxnews

LOS ANGELES, Feb 11 — Chinese cinema rides high at the global box office this week with two science-fiction films — The Wandering Earth and Crazy Alien — taking first and second place respectively. They are followed by The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part.

Frant Gwo’s science-fiction movie, The Wandering Earth jumps straight in to number one at the global box office, grossing over US$172 million (RM699.9 million) worldwide. The film’s success is partly due to its release in China, February 5, also marking Chinese New Year 2019. 

Also proving popular with Chinese audiences, Crazy Alien grossed just over US$77 million during its opening weekend. The movie does not yet have a US release date.

The second big-screen Lego adventure, the The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part, sits in third at the worldwide box office.

The animated picture directed by Mike Mitchell, grossed over US$53 million during its first weekend in theaters. The first Lego movie, released in 2014, grossed over US$469 million worldwide.

Last week’s box-office leader, How To Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World drops to fifth place, nevertheless adding just over US$38 million to its global grosses.

Global box office top 10:

1. The Wandering Earth — US$172.7m

2. Crazy Alien — US$77.7m

3. The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part — US$53.1m

4. Pegasus — US$52.4m

5. How To Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World — US$38.2m

6. Alita: Battle Angel — US$32m

7. Boonie Bears: Blast Into The Past — US$27.8m

8. What Men Want — US$19m

9. Extreme Job — US$18.2m

10. Green Book — US$15m— AFP-Relaxnews

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