It’s probably safe to assume that no one would ever categorize “Transformers: Age of Extinction” as a love story — though one man in China probably hopes his own romantic comedy will begin due to the Michael Bay film.
At least that’s the reasoning behind why he bought hundreds of tickets to IMAX screenings of the film — to prove to a woman who once rebuffed his romantic advances seven years ago (yup — SEVEN!) that he’s a regular ol’ Moneybags now. Really.
According to The South China Morning Post, a man named Wang (it’s his last name, you children) bought hundreds of tickets to a bevy of Beijing IMAX screenings of the film in order to prove his financial security to a woman. As the story is told from his point of view, she upped and moved to Beijing immediately after Wang was unable to afford to take her out on a movie date. So now that Mr. Wang is rolling in the proverbial dough, he’s decided to spend a quarter of a million yuan (Read: $40,000) to buy out all the seats in four of the six IMAX theaters in the capitol city. To prove to a woman that she made some big, huge mistake.
Taking to his Weibo blog (Weibo is essentially China’s answer to Facebook and Twitter), Wang touted his so-called romantic gesture to say, “I only want to say that you might have been wrong when you made that decision.” Because nothing says romance and I really like you as a person and think we deserve to maybe give it another go, like “Na-na-na-boo-boo! Look at all the money I have! Here, Internet, have a bunch of free movie tickets! Look at how rich I am! LOOOOOK! Money!”
Giving the tickets away in exchange for social media shares (to get the word out), over 1,590 Weibo users were given tickets to the screenings — the post has, currently, over 110,000 shares on Weibo, so, uh, mission accomplished? Gonna go out on a limb and say the girl still probably doesn’t want to go on a date with you, though, Wang.