Last weekend, a new movie called The Mermaid opened quietly in America and yet wound up with almost $1 million at the box office. The movie is absolutely huge in China, however, where it's made nearly four times as much as Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
Here's what you need to know about the fantasy film as it goes wider across America today:
What is The Mermaid?
The Mermaid, or Mei Ren Yu, is a weird and wacky love story between a man and a mermaid, the latter (played by Yun-Lin Jhuang) having been sent to dry land to seduce and stop the former (Chau Deng) from continuing a real estate project that would be harmful to all marine life in the area. Check out the latest subtitled trailer here:
Who is it by?
Stephen Chow, best known for Kung Fu Hustle and Shaolin Soccer, is at the helm of this international hit, which he also co-wrote and produced.
Where did it come from?
The Mermaid is a Chinese production, and it's been brought over to the U.S. by Sony.
Why is it special?
In its own country, The Mermaid opened in early February and after only two weeks has already become the highest-grossing movie of all time in China, with a take of $415 million. The box office throne over there was previously held by last year's Chinese fantasy film Monster Hunt and the American action movie sequel Furious 7. Consider the equivalent for the U.S. being if Titanic's domestic gross was overrun by a couple new movies within a year.
When and how can you see it?
If The Mermaid didn't debut in your neck of the woods last weekend, there's a chance it could be playing near you starting today. Find a full list of all cities and locations on the film's official website here.