New animated film based on a mythological figure smashes box-office records.
On China’s major film reviewing site Douban, the film has scored 8.8 points out of 10, while on box office tracker Maoyan, the film has maintained a rating of 9.7, topping the site’s charts of 2019 films.
"Epic! I finished watching Ne Zha in tears. The content-rich story, vivid characters, and amazing visual effects, work together to create a 110-minute roller-coaster watching experience," a Weibo user commented under the promotional video.
"Bravo! Couldn’t believe a domestic animated film can be created with such a well-developed story. The image of Nezha in this film has been subverted but his rebellious spirit is well-established. I’m sure Ne Zha is gonna go viral this summer!" reads another comment on Douban.
The film, which topped the mainland’s ticket-revenue charts for four consecutive days, has grossed more than 800 million yuan ($116 million) since it hit domestic theaters on Friday, according to live box-office tracker Maoyan. Ne Zha’s takings totaled over 100 million yuan in the first day itself, surpassing the threshold figure faster than any other Chinese animated film.
The film has also broken two other box-office records.By bringing in 138.5 million yuan on its opening day, Ne Zha has overtaken previous record-holder Despicable Me 3 to top the country’s opening-day charts for animated films.