'Shanghai Fortress' Comes Crashing Down During Opening Weekend

By Bryan Grogan, August 12, 2019

0 0

Having been touted as one of the films of the summer, Shanghai Fortress opened to an underwhelming RMB90 million over the weekend, despite raking in RMB20 million in advance ticket sales. That put Shanghai Fortress in a lowly fourth place, after Nezha, The Bravest and Line Walker 2

Chinese ticketing platform Maoyan is predicting that the film will make just RMB148 million, 33 times less than the total earned by The Wandering Earth

In tandem with disappointing box office returns on the RMB400 million budget for the sci-fi flick is the laughably bad Douban rating that Shanghai Fortress has thus far received. While the film currently has an average rating of 3.3 stars, figures show that almost 85% of raters on the site gave the film 2 stars or less (we’re not sold on the math at work in this one either). 

Among the comments on Douban, one user wrote “Can a soldier have such fluffy bangs? Can he appear so weak?” in reference to who we presume must be Lu Han. Another user captured the misplaced optimism brought on by The Wandering Earth’s success, writing “Chinese sci-fi began with The Wandering Earth and ended with Shanghai Fortress.”

READ MORE: The World's Most Successful Film of 2019 is Chinese, and Netflix Just Bought it

Shanghai Fortress is set in 2035 and sees Shanghai rise as the last hope of humanity in defending against an evil alien invasion. The film is adapted from a novel of the same name by writer Jiang Nan. After the success of The Wandering Earth, many expected that Shanghai Fortress would follow in that film’s footsteps, helping to further establish sci-fi cinema as a viable genre within the Middle Kingdom. As we have seen time and again, however, the Chinese movie market is anything but predictable

At the same time as Shanghai Fortress’ disappointing opening weekend, fantasy animation, Nezha, continued its reign atop the Chinese Box Office, climbing up to No. 5 in China’s all-time list of highest-grossing movies and leading the box office for the third week in a row

Watch below to see the trailer for Shanghai Fortress (VPN off)

READ MORE: Is China's Sci-fi Cinema Movement Ready to Take Off?

[Cover image via HS Entertainment Group/IMDb]

more news

13 Movies Hitting Chinese Theaters in October 2019

Get hyped for Halloween with a pair of scary movies, plus the long-waited arrival of an Oscar contender.

WATCH: Matching T-Shirts and Other Quirks of Chinese Dating

Think dating in China is difficult? Well, sometimes the most difficult decision you have to make is which matching T-shirts you and your partner should wear.

5 Fast Facts About Chinese Actress and Role Model Ma Yili

The name Ma Yili has been on the lips of Chinese gossipers after news broke of the actress’ high-profile divorce at the end of July.

14 Movies Hitting Chinese Theaters in September 2019

A handful of mountain films, but not a lot of foreign films hitting the silver screen this month.

5 Fast Facts About Chinese-American Mandopop Idol Wang Leehom

The violinist turned singer is one of the biggest names in the mainland's music scene.

15 Movies Hitting Chinese Theaters in August 2019

Clint Eastwood makes a star turn as an 80-year-old drug smuggler this month.

Where to Celebrate Chinese Valentine's Day 2019 in Guangzhou

The heart knows what the heart wants.

0 User Comments

In Case You Missed It…

We're on WeChat!

Scan our QR Code at right or follow us at ThatsGuangzhou for events, guides, giveaways and much more!

7 Days in Guangzhou With thatsmags.com

Weekly updates to your email inbox every Wednesday


Download previous issues

Never miss an issue of That's PRD!

Visit the archives

Get the App. Your essential China city companion.