China’s most expensive film emerges as biggest flop

Published: July 17, 2018 18:32:56 | Updated: August 16, 2018 21:15:14

China's big-budget fantasy epic Asura has been pulled from cinemas after a dismal opening weekend.

The 750m yuan ($112m) film reportedly made less than 50m yuan on its weekend debut, according to BBC.

Asura's plot is based on Chinese mythology and featured leading actors and flashy special effects. Producers are reportedly planning to rework the movie and release it again at a later date.

Unless the film achieves much greater success the second time round, Asura's $105m loss would make it one of the biggest flops in movie history.

Before its release, the film was showered with praise by state media, with the China Daily calling it the "most hotly anticipated blockbuster of China's competitive summer season".

During the three days it was showing in cinemas though, it received an abysmal rating on Chinese film review site Douban, reports BBC.

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