Like with Warcraft, in the U.S., though, The Great Wall isn’t expected to do as well as it did in China. So far the film has been marred by criticism and controversy because of the inclusion of a white actor (Matt Damon) in a primarily Chinese story. The White Savior trope where a white and typically male protagonist saves people of color from oppression was the biggest criticism levied against the film, leaving Damon and director Zhang Yimou to defend the movie as a primarily Chinese story simply being made for a worldwide audience.
It remains to be seen what effect the controversy will have on the film’s domestic box office when it premieres in February, but in China the criticism doesn’t seem to have had much of an effect. Until then, however, all eyes will be on Rogue One‘s premiere in China early next month to see if the newest Star Wars movie will be just as popular there as it is in the U.S. and internationally, especially since one of the film’s stars is popular Chinese actor and martial artist Donnie Yen.