Born in China

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Born in China
Born in China poster.jpeg
North America release poster
Directed byLu Chuan
Produced byRoy Conli
Brian Leith
Phil Chapman
Screenplay byDavid Fowler
Brian Leith
Phil Chapman
Lu Chuan
Narrated byJohn Krasinski (American release)
Zhou Xun (Chinese release)
Music byBarnaby Taylor
Edited byMatthew Meech
Distributed byWalt Disney Studios
Motion Pictures

Shanghai Media Group (China)[2]
Release date
  • August 12, 2016 (2016-08-12) (China)
  • April 21, 2017 (2017-04-21) (United States)
Running time
76 minutes[2]
CountryUnited States
Budget$5–10 million[3]
Box office$25.1 million[4]

Born in China (我們誕生在中國) is a 2016 nature documentary film directed by Lu Chuan. A co-production between Disneynature and Shanghai Media Group, the film was released in China on August 12, 2016[5] and in the United States on April 21, 2017, one day before Earth Day.[6] The film focuses on a snow leopard named Dawa and her cubs, a young golden snub-nosed monkey named Tao Tao, a female giant panda named Ya Ya along with her daughter Mei Mei, and a herd of chiru. The American release of the film is narrated by John Krasinski and the Chinese release is narrated by Zhou Xun.[2]


This documentary follows four individual animal families-snow leopard, giant panda, chiru and golden snub-nosed monkey and their fortunes in the wilds of China.


Box office[edit]

As of June 15, 2017, Born in China has grossed $13.8 million in the United States and Canada and $10.1 million in other territories for a worldwide gross of $23.9 million.[4]

In the United States and Canada, Born in China opened alongside The Promise, Unforgettable, Free Fire and Phoenix Forgotten, and was projected to gross around $5 million from 1,508 theaters in its opening weekend.[7] It ended up debuting to $4.7 million, finishing 6th at the box office.[8]

The film made US$2.3 million on its opening weekend at the Chinese box office.[5] It went on to gross a total of CN¥68 million ($9.9 million) in the country.[2]

Critical response[edit]

On review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes, the film has an approval rating of 83% based on 41 reviews, with an average rating of 7/10. The site's consensus reads, "Disneynature Born In China delivers more of the breathtaking footage the series is known for — and more than enough cuddly anthropomorphic action to keep the kids entertained."[9] On Metacritic the film has a score of 57 out of 100, based on 14 critics, indicating "mixed or average reviews".[10] Audiences polled by CinemaScore gave the film an average grade of "A–" on an A+ to F scale.[11]


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  2. ^ a b c d "我们诞生在中国(2016)". (in Chinese). Retrieved September 15, 2016.
  3. ^ Elizabeth Balboa Benzinga (December 6, 2017). "The Synergies DisneyNature, Disney Studios Could Enjoy With Nat Geo, 20th Century Fox Acquisitions". Yahoo!. Retrieved December 23, 2018.
  4. ^ a b "Born in China (2017)". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved August 12, 2017.
  5. ^ a b Brzeski, Patrick (August 14, 2016). "China Box Office: 'Line Walker' Leads Another Quiet Weekend". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved August 17, 2016.
  6. ^ Frater, Patrick (August 11, 2016). "Disney's 'Born in China' Heads for Release". Variety. Retrieved August 17, 2016.
  7. ^ "Box Office: 'Unforgettable' to Get Burned by 'Fate of the Furious'". Variety. April 19, 2017.
  8. ^ "'Fate Of The Furious' Drives Five Wide Releases Off The Road With $38.6M Second Weekend". Deadline Hollywood. April 23, 2017.
  9. ^ "Born in China (2017)". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved May 26, 2017.
  10. ^ "Born in China reviews". Metacritic. CBS Interactive. Retrieved April 26, 2017.
  11. ^ "CinemaScore". Retrieved April 21, 2017.[permanent dead link]

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