The figures are in for China’s box office takings in June, and the Warcraft movie absolutely wiped the floor with the competition.
After midnight on June 8, fans of the blockbuster video game streamed into cinemas across the country to see the big-screen adaptation. And clearly they were impressed by what they saw.
Despite being a critical and commercial flop in the US, earning just $24.4 million (162 million yuan) on its opening weekend, in China it brought in an astonishing $90 million (600 million yuan) and broke the national box office record in the process.
The film has since gone on to top box office takings for the month of June, besting the likes of summer blockbusters X-Men Apocalypse and Finding Dory. Here are the figures (in Chinese yuan) as reported by China Film Insider:
1. Warcraft: 1.462B
2. X-Men Apocalypse: 802M
3. Now You See Me 2: 442M
4. Independence Day: Resurgence: 323M
5. Finding Dory: 218M
6. Alice Through The Looking Glass: 173M
7. Angry Birds: 150M
8. Three: 92.7M
9. So, I Married My Anti-Fan: 23.2M
10. Captain America: Civil War: 16.5M
The wild success of the film has been much cause for celebration by the Chinese film industry as the movie was co-produced by Legendary Pictures, the Hollywood studio which was acquired in January by China’s richest man Wang Jianlin.
Speaking at the Shanghai International Film Festival a few weeks ago, Jackie Chan said that the success of the film had scared the Americans. “If we can make a film that earns 10 billion ($1.5 billion), then people from all over the world who study film will learn Chinese, instead of us learning English,” he said.