Netflix has a tendency to drop big movies with little to no publicity, and the folks over at Bleeding Cool just realized this week that Chinese box office hit The Wandering Earth is the streaming service’s latest without-fanfare release. We knew Netflix had acquired the sci-fi film back in February of this year, but a release date had never been provided.
The Wandering Earth was a MASSIVE hit in China earlier this year, earning $700 million(!) at the box office. Needless to say, it was a pretty big deal for Netflix to acquire the film, which makes it quite strange – if not entirely uncommon – that they’ve dropped it with such little fanfare.
With a reported $50M budget, The Wandering Earth is one of China’s all-time biggest box office success stories, and a limited release in the States earned it an additional $6 million.
Wikipedia notes, “It became China’s second highest-grossing film of all time, 2019’s third highest-grossing film worldwide, the second highest-grossing non-English film of all time, and one of the top 20 highest-grossing science fiction films of all time.”
Set in the near future against the backdrop of the imminent destruction of the sun, The Wandering Earth charts a project that’s hatched to move the planet’s residents to a remote star system and save the human race.
Directed and written by Frant Gwo, the movie stars Qu Chuxiao, Li Guangjie, Ng Man-tat and Zhao Jinmai. It’s based on the same-named novella, penned by Liu Cixin.