Despite international box office woes in China, South Korea, and Italy it sounds like Mulan might have a better than expected domestic opening weekend this month.
New tracking numbers via TheHollywoodReporter suggests the film could be heading towards $85 million-plus, which would certainly be great news for Disney who will have to pause certain international release dates for the remake of their animated film because of areas affected by the coronavirus.
It’s a boost from the tracking last month that suggested a range of $40-60 million.
With a budget of $200 million, Mulan can’t exactly afford hiccups.
The coronavirus hasn’t exactly impacted the U.S. market as it stands but with increased cases that could very much change in the coming weeks and months, along with how various businesses, states and high-populated cities react to it.
No Time To Die has moved it’s April release date to November 25th, in a cautionary move that is reportedly costing MGM $30-50 million in losses.
The remake of the G rated animated film is taking some liberties with the characters and is going for a much more mature rating of PG-13.
Mulan is set for release on March 27th.
When the Emperor of China issues a decree that one man per family must serve in the Imperial Army to defend the country from Northern invaders, Hua Mulan, the eldest daughter of an honored warrior, steps in to take the place of her ailing father. Masquerading as a man, Hua Jun, she is tested every step of the way and must harness her inner-strength and embrace her true potential. It is an epic journey that will transform her into an honored warrior and earn her the respect of a grateful nation…and a proud father.
“Mulan” features a celebrated international cast that includes: Yifei Liu as Mulan; Donnie Yen as Commander Tung; Jason Scott Lee as Böri Khan; Yoson An as Cheng Honghui; with Gong Li as Xianniang and Jet Li as the Emperor. The film is directed by Niki Caro from a screenplay by Rick Jaffa & Amanda Silver and Elizabeth Martin & Lauren Hynek based on the narrative poem “The Ballad of Mulan.”
SOURCE: THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER