China’s first space-age film ‘The Wandering Earth’ dominates the 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

China’s first space-age science fiction blockbuster the Wandering Earth is the global box-office leader for the second consecutive week. The feature pilled up above US$96 million to its global grosses from just three territories – Wandering Earth totals over US$609 million internationally.

Released on 5 February in China, the film is the second highest-grossing film of its time in China. It is based on a novel by Liu Cixin, one of the most important voices when it comes to science fiction. The feature has been referred to and reviewed as 2019’s biggest movie so far.

The Plot: the sun was dying out, people all around the world built giant planet thrusters to move Earth out of its orbit and to sail Earth to a new star system. Yet the 2500 years journey came with unexpected dangers, and in order to save humanity, a group of young people in this age of a wandering Earth came out boldly and fought hard for everyone’s survival.


By: Kgothatso Nkanyane 

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