Movie audiences in China largely ignored Warner Bros.' "Crazy Rich Asians", which opened this weekend in the lucrative market and only grossed $1.2 million.
The lack of interest in the rom-com from Chinese audiences was evident within a day of its release, with cinemas choosing to slash screenings by nearly half in favour of other films, Variety reports. The film finally released in China on 30 November.
However, comments posted to Chinese social media sites questioned how the film - which was praised as an example of diversity and representation - could be celebrated.
"So Chinese people in the eyes of Europeans and Americans are just about clans, extravagant snobbery, a blind sense of superiority, and stubbornly clinging to outdated rules and ideas?" one Chinese user wrote Sunday on major review platform Douban, where the film already has a 6.2 out of 10 rating (many audience members have already seen the movie after it was widely pirated online).
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He invited the pair to attend the 2017 Met Gala together in NY - although, in fact, the now-newlyweds had been texting beforehand. He recalled: "I put my drink down, get on one knee - this is in front of a bunch of people - and I say, 'You're real".
While producers had sought to get Crazy Rich Asians released in China over the summer, the request received no response for months from the country's film regulator, leading to speculation that perhaps the movie's focus on conspicuous displays of wealth might have got it banned or that perhaps it had become a casualty of the US-China trade war.
Excited about visiting Asia for the first time but nervous about meeting Nick's family, Rachel is unprepared to learn that Nick has neglected to mention a few key details about his life - namely, that's he basically the "Prince William of Asia".
Warner Bros. Pictures confirmed a sequel was in development based on the book's follow-up China Rich Girlfriend.