'An American-made Asian movie': Chinese moviegoers on 'Crazy Rich Asians' - SupChina

‘An American-made Asian movie’: Chinese moviegoers on ‘Crazy Rich Asians’

Crazy Rich Asians, with its majority-Asian cast, was both a critical and commercial success in the U.S. upon its release over the summer. But its reception in mainland China — it debuted on Friday — has been decidedly muted, as it brought home a meager $1.2 million over the weekend. (For comparison, Marvel’s Venom earned $102 million in its opening weekend in China last month.)

The film’s poor box office isn’t all that surprising, all things considered — something I wrote in October after it was announced this rom-com would get a mainland release. But what did the people who actually saw it think?


Why ‘Crazy Rich Asians’ might flop in mainland China, through no fault of its own

Victor Zheng

Victor Zheng is a Chinese-American who grew up Virginia. In China, he has acted in web series, produced videos, and appeared on reality shows. He hopes to use his experiences and media influence to strengthen mutual understanding between China and the rest of the world, whether that be through conversations at the gym or by dancing on Chinese television. Victor currently resides in Beijing.


  1. Lawrence Reply

    The movie is literally already out on DVD and you can buy it on ITunes and Amazon. You can get it at the DVD store in Sanlitun on the shelves in Beijing. The release date is what killed this movie in China. There’s plenty of data that suggests late release dates in China kill box office results.

    It’s easy to pick out a few Douban users that have zero context of the film and say it would flop in China, but it’s not an apples and apples comparison.

  2. Movie Fan Reply

    The Chinese youth you interviewed here are hardly a cross-section of the country’s moviegoers. Why not get out of Beijing and 1st tier cities to see what moviegoers really thought?

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