On December 8, The Dreaming Man (假如王子睡着了) hit theaters nationwide and made history as Disney’s first Chinese language romantic comedy.
But the film debuted with rather modest earnings, receiving just RMB3.3 million and a tenth place box office ranking in its opening weekend, according to figures from Chinese Ent Group.
The film also received mixed reviews from viewers and critics. It currently has an aggregate score of just 4.8 (out of 10) from over one thousand users on Douban, a popular Chinese social networking platform for films, music, books and more.
First announced at the Shanghai
International Film Festival earlier this year, The Dreaming Man is a coproduction
between Walt Disney Studios China Limited, SMG
Pictures Co., Ltd., and Shanghai Artrendwave Productions Co.,
Ltd. Directed by Wang Ying, the fairy tale-themed film stars Jelly
Lin (The Mermaid) alongside major Taiwanese actor Chen Bolin
and Zhang Yunlong. It’s the first of what’s slated to be an ongoing
series of Chinese co-productions with Disney.
Meanwhile, Pixar mega-hit Coco continued to dominate the Chinese box office, adding another RMB230 million to its total earnings over the weekend. Coco has cumulatively earned RMB848 million in China since its release at the end of November, making it Pixar's best performing title in the Middle Kingdom.
Additional writing by Bridget O'Donnell