Disney’s Mulan is focusing on a courageous U.S. opening of $85+ million according to industry tracking.
These projections are much larger than last months-long tracking that had the live-action remake projected at grossing between $40-$60 million in its opening. If the new projections hold it would be the highest-grossing opening of the year, with Bad Boys for Life grossing $62.5 million (Pixar’s Onward opens this weekend, so that may change). With marketing in high gear, some indu Mulan ultimately has a shot of matching, or exceeding, Aladdin‘s $91.5 million domestic launch in summer 2019, based on the strength of tracking.
As of now, surveys from Hollywood’s top tracking services do not indicate any slowdown at the movies in the U.S. because of the coronavirus. Sadly, China has over 70,000 theaters closed, however, Disney is sticking to its overall global release plan with Mulan. Despite the impact in China, where the film is expected to do well.
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, Liu Yifei (The Forbidden Kingdom) as the titular hero, Donnie Yen (Rogue One: A Star Wars Story) as Commander Tung; Jason Scott Lee (Lilo & Stitch) as Böri Khan; Yoson An (Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: Sword of Destiny) as Cheng Honghui; with Gong Li (Memoirs of a Geisha) as Xianniang and Jet Li (Hero) as the Emperor. The film is directed by Niki Caro (McFarland USA) from a screenplay by Rick Jaffa & Amanda Silver and Elizabeth Martin & Lauren Hynek based on the narrative poem “The Ballad of Mulan.”
Disney’s Mulan will hit theaters on March 27, 2020.
Source: The Hollywood Reporter