A new movie called Monster Hunt just became China's biggest homegrown box-office hit, and now you can see what's bringing the crowds in.
Monster Hunt is described as an "epic adventure" about an all-out war between monsters and humans to determine who rules a "fantasy world far, far away," and something about that has struck a chord with international audiences: The film, after just two weeks of release, has become the highest-grossing Chinese production of all time, earning $211 million at the global box office (it raked in $46 million this past weekend in its home country alone).
The previous record holder, Lost in Thailand, came out in 2013 and earned $185 million, which Monster Hunt has easily roared past. The movie also set a new opening-day and single-day record for a local Chinese film, and also became the fastest Chinese movie to earn more than one billion renminbi (RMB), the official Chinese currency, hitting that mark in just 8 days (the U.S. equivalent is $169 million).
The 3D movie, which cost $40 million to make, is also now the fifth-highest-grossing film of all time in China, behind Jurassic World, Avengers: Age of Ultron, Transformers: Age of Extinction and Furious 7 -- and again, that's after just two weeks.
What's all the fuss about? Well, you can watch the trailer below and see for yourself. Critics haven't been kind to the film (The Hollywood Reporter called it "muddled," while the South China Morning Post said it was "an acquired taste"), but when did that ever stop a movie from becoming a blockbuster?