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Feb 11, 2019 07:53 PM
SOCIETY & CULTURE

Chinese Sci-Fi Box Office Smash Marred by Online Theft

Downloadable copies of eight Chinese movies, including “The Wandering Earth,” were still available online on Monday, with some sellers bundling the eight into a single package selling for as little as 2 yuan. Photo: IC
Downloadable copies of eight Chinese movies, including “The Wandering Earth,” were still available online on Monday, with some sellers bundling the eight into a single package selling for as little as 2 yuan. Photo: IC

The surprise success of a Chinese sci-fi blockbuster over Lunar New Year has been tainted by rampant online piracy.

“The Wandering Earth,” a movie adapted from a short story by the first Asian winner of the Hugo Award, Chinese novelist Liu Cixin, was the top grossing movie for the weeklong holiday, a coveted period for the Chinese movie industry.

It had taken more than 2 billion yuan ($296.4 million) by Sunday, according to online ticketing platform Maoyan, making it arguably the most successful Chinese sci-fi film ever.

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