With talk still all focused on “Avengers: Endgame” and “Game of Thrones” amongst many other things, it turns out one film got lost in all the chatter – the mega-budget sci-fi blockbuster “The Wandering Earth”.
China’s second highest-grossing film of all time and the third highest-grossing movie worldwide of 2019, the space epic has been a massive box office success in China with $693 million grossed. Outside the Middle Kingdom however, it was only been seen on a handful of screens around the globe earlier this year for a few days.
Most who’ve been interested in seeing it have been waiting for the film’s release on Netflix who bought the worldwide rights to the film outside of China.
Now it turns out the streaming service has already pushed out the film this weekend in the United States and did so without announcing the release or including it in its official lists of new shows and movies coming to the service in May. Nor is it showing up under ‘New Releases’ or ‘Netflix Originals’, only appearing in the Recently Added list.
For now the release seems to be for only certain countries as the movie doesn’t show up on Netflix in several others including Australia. When the rest of the global rollout will happen isn’t clear at this point, though some in the UK and parts of Europe have also said they’ve seen it on the service.
In the film, the Earth will soon be engulfed by the inflating sun and so scientists draw up an escape plan that will see the planet earth will leave the solar system and embark on a 2,500 year journey to the orbit of a star 4.5 light years away.