Barely a month after it opened in China, Ne Zha has hit American shores. It plays in select IMAX 3D theaters across the U.S. and Canada this week, followed by an expansion on September 6 (watch the English-subbed trailer below). The cg feature comes with quite the pedigree — it’s the only foreign animated movie that has ever opened in North America with over $500 million already in the bank.
In fact, Ne Zha has already earned over $669 million from its home territory in a mere 35 days. It is now the third-highest grossing film ever in China. The only two films to have done better at the country’s box office are live-action blockbusters, one of which — The Wandering Earth — Ne Zha looks set to surpass.
Much of that runaway success can be attributed to the film’s subject: the eponymous hero is a well-known figure from Chinese mythology. Here is the official synopsis: