Headlines from China: Christopher Nolan’s ‘Tenet’ Nabs $30 Million During First Three-Day Debut in China

Christopher Nolan’s ‘Tenet’ Nabs $30 Million During First Three-Day Debut in China 

Christopher Nolan’s “Tenet” added a further $30 million from the Middle Kingdom’s box office during the past three-day debut weekend, taking the overseas cume to $216 million after two consecutive sessions of international rollouts. Although “Tenet” has been hailed by the Western film industry as the savior of cinema recovery, in mainland China, the film lost out repeatedly to the local smash war-epic film “The Eight Hundred” during its three-day opening weekend. Unlike Nolan’s other films that usually met with unanimously rave reviews, “Tenet” has only solicited a 7.9 out of 10 on Chinese film review website Douban, a platform gathers the most discerning young moviegoers in China. Read more Rhinoceros Entertainment

Poor Reviews Plus Piracy Issues, Can ‘Mulan’ Still Win Big in China? 

Walter Disney’s long-anticipated live-action remake “Mulan” finally debuted on Disney+ over the weekend in participating markets, with a few oversea markets also opted for theatrical releases. Although the Chinese folklore-tale-based film will not be released until this Friday in China, the early-on reviews of the film made by people who have seen the film either via previews or piracy have been generally very poor so far. On the Chinese film review website Douban, the film has only scored a 4.9 out of 10. The conventional wisdom has always been that “Mulan” will be huge in China, but now with the negative reviews piling in and piracy could not be stopped, what are the chances for “Mulan” to still win big in China? Read more yiqipaidianying