Ridley Scott is enjoying huge success with The Martian, the sci-fi picture that saw Matt Damon trying to survive after being abandoned on Mars.
The Martian has just become Scott’s highest-grossing film of all time, thanks to a huge take in China over the weekend. The film raked in a whopping $50.1 million in China, bringing its worldwide earnings so far to $545.1 million.
The huge success seen by The Martian makes it Scott’s most profitable film – in terms of cinema tickets sold – ever, surpassing the $457 million brought in by Scott’s Best Picture-winner, Gladiator. It’s also the biggest financial hit for star Damon.
The Martian‘s plot sees China’s space program supporting NASA to bring back Damon’s stranded astronaut. The country’s key role in the film…that big box office…it isn’t a coincidence. China is currently the second-largest film market in the world, so it’s a good idea to give the nation a nod or two in your picture. Michael Bay made sure of it with Transformers: Age of Extinction, helping it become the first U.S. movie to make over $300 million at the Chinese box office.
“If you include China in your film it goes a long way at the box office,” Variety quotes Jeff Bock, an analyst with Exhibitor Relations, as saying.
“People say that jingoism goes a long way in America. Well, it does in other countries too and we’ll probably see more of it going forward.”
China is one hell of an important market studios and distributors need to take into account. A THR article published in August stated that China’s box office had seen a huge 48.5% growth from 2014, leading to their prediction that China would become the world’s largest film market within three years.