‘Monster Hunt’ Eats Its Way On Top Of China’s Box-Office, Animated Movie Delayed Due To Then Lead Actor’s Drug Arrest
“Monster Hunt” is the animated movie from China that could. Read on for more details.
As reported by Deadline, the film has now brought Universal Studios’ Furious 7 to a grinding halt. The Vin Diesel-led car-chase movie speeded its way with a 30-day stretch in the Chinese box office before the Dream Sky Entertainment release caught up with it. “Monster Hunt” has gone beyond 2.428B yuan, a mark set by Furious 7.
That would mean that basis on the current dollar exchange rate, “Monster Hunt” has a leverage of $380.99M against $380.67M for Furious 7.
The animated CGI fantasy epic though made its onscreen debut without any foreign Hollywood competition, a dubbed as the blackout period, an unofficial time of movie screening dedicated to homegrown brewed flicks.
“Monster Hunt” also was being screened for a much longer time propelling the local film to get back the said record.
“Monster Hunt” was made with $40 million as it chewed also the previous record set by 2014’s The Monkey King. “Monster Hunt” had an opening day $26.45 million and single-day gross of $29.84 million.
The nationalistic monster hybrid flick had its backlash earlier before it was release. Kai Ko, the lead-actor, got himself entangled in a marijuana-smoking incident which unmistakably would mean that his name wouldn’t be allowed to headline on a movie. It was then decided that reshoots will have to take place and most members of the cast were asked to return according to a report from Latino Times.
“Monster Hunt” was directed by Raman Hui (co-director “Shrek the Third,” “Kung Fu Panda: Secrets of the Furious Five,” “Puss in Boots: The Three Diablos”) and produced by Bill Kong of Hong Kong company Edko Films.
In a report from The Hollywood Reporter, “Monster Hunt” now has taken the fifth spot in a solid batch of Hollywood juggernaut movies in China, holding its own against front runners “Jurassic World,” “Avengers:Age of Ultron,” “Transformers:Age of Extinction” and top movie “Furious 7.”