"The Farewell," an independent summer release starring Awkwafina and directed by Lulu Wang, managed to one-up "Avengers: Endgame" in an important category: it holds the record of highest per-screen average for the 2019 domestic box office, meaning each showing was, on average, more packed than that for the massive Marvel blockbuster.
Actor Tzi Ma (Haiyan) commented on the film's success and its importance:
"Hopefully, with The Farewell and other films of late that have been very successful, other independent filmmakers will be able to tell their stories," he said. "It's beyond the film The Farewell. It's about including all of the people who have been struggling to tell these stories and [to help them] have the opportunity and hopefully get the financing to make their stories come to life and come to fruition.
"It's beyond my expectations of what's been happening, the fact that The Farewell rang true to a lot of people and [resonated] with audiences worldwide. I'm really excited to see the impact of the film for the independent filmmaker."
"The Farewell" will open in the UK on September 20th.
Promising news for many reasons.