This post is by Jason Hellerman from No Film School
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The similarities are there… but how can you stop a major movie from stealing your ideas?
I saw The Fault in Our Stars at The Grove on opening weekend with a few friends and had no idea what it was going to be about. It was the first time I cried in public, but I wasn’t embarrassed, because everyone was crying.
Turns out our theater was not an outlier. On a budget of only $10 million, the movie shocked everyone and returned a box office of over $300 million. It was massive hit that played all over the world, except China. The producers made a push to get it there but came up empty-handed.
Fast-forward to 2021. The Chinese box office is back in a big way thanks to contact tracing, and a movie called A Little Red Flower. It’s a romantic drama about two young people who are battling cancer. The film was directed by Han Yan and opened to $80.3 million. Now it’s around $167 million. That’s good enough for the best in the globe for 2021… though there hasn’t been much competition.