Disney was hoping for box office glory for Mulan in China, instead, it has been nothing but disappointment, as the live-action adaptation has dropped 72% in its second week of release, with $6.5 million in ticket sales.
The film in China has been battling piracy, low review scores, and poor word of mouth. After a disappointing $23 million debut last weekend, the fantasy epic has made $36 million in China. Mulan has grossed $57 million globally, a dismal result for a movie that cost over $200 million to produce.
The film isn’t opening in theaters in the U.S. and some European countries, where it’s instead launching directly on Disney+ via Premier Access. Disney hasn’t reported how many subscribers shelled out the extra $30 to watch the film on the streamer, but it is likely those figures will be announced during the companies investor’s day event on October 7th.
As for Disney’s The New Mutants, the film earned $1.6 million in its fourth weekend for a North American haul $17.7 million. The X-Men sequel also brought in $2 million from 38 international markets, boosting its overseas grosses to $17.3 million. Globally, The New Mutants has made $35 million.
As theaters to start to slowly reopen, studios like Disney are facing the decision whether to stick with their upcoming theatrical releases or make some moves until theaters are somewhat back to normal. There’s talk from insiders that Disney may move Marvel Studios’ Black Widow and Pixar’s Soul off their respective November release dates. Black Widow would get a new theatrical release date, while Soul would make the move to Disney+. But those decisions could prove catastrophic for movie theater owners, who are facing the potential of months without a new movie to offer.