Well, it looks like Disney’s Mulan can’t catch a break. Troubles for the film started before the film’s release after it’s lead star Yifei Liu, expressed her support for the Hong Kong police. This during a pro-democracy protest in the region. This led to the first #BoycottMulan movement. Then it was announced that it would be released on Disney+ for a premium price. That was followed the film being further criticized by viewers and even politicians for filming in a controversial region. This led to a Chinese media coverage ban.
But Mulan finally made it to its target audience in China. This of course because it’s a film set in China, based on a Chinese legend, and stars many Chinese actors and actresses. Even with the limited seating, people would flock to this film right? Nope, not at all.
In the second week, Mulan earned a disappointing $6.5 million. This is a 72 percent decrease from its opening weekend. Overall the film has brought in just $36.3 million in China. Worldwide, it doesn’t get much better with $57 million. A local ticketing app Maoyan forecasts Mulan to wrap up its Chinese run with just $41 million via The Hollywood Reporter. This especially hurts when you take into account that the film cost an estimated $200 million to make not taking into account marketing.
Sometimes things aren’t meant to be. When you take such a beloved animated classic and make so many changes to it, even if you trying to be faithful to the story, you’re bound to have a lot of push back. It will be interesting to see if they decide to keep making films like this.
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Disney’s Mulan is directed by Niki Caro. Along with Liu, the film stars Donnie Yen, Jason Scott, Yoson An, Gong Li, and Jet Li. It’s available now in the US through Premier Access on Disney+.
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Source: The Hollywood Reporter