"Kung Fu Panda" Received with Enthusiasm in Asia
Variety reports a good reception for DreamWorks Animation’s Kung Fu Panda in South Korea and China’s Sichuan province. Even though the movie slipped to the #2 box office spot in South Korea this past weekend, Kung Fu Panda‘s $20.7 million box office take from 3.3 million admissions has made it the most successful animated feature film in South Korea to date.
The movie also debuted in the earthquake-torn Sichuan province in China, which is home to giant panda nature reserves. The movie’s release in the province was blocked at first after a complaint from a performance artist that the movie was in poor taste and was disrespectful to victims of the May 12 earthquake, but the complaint triggered an on-line backlash that stated “people who lived in the quake zone needed a movie to cheer them up.” So far, the movie has been well-received in China and claims a total of $1.45 million in ticket sales.