‘Warcraft’ Hits $145 Million in China in Four Days

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Chinese moviegoers have embraced “Warcraft” with $145 million in its first four days — more than five times the $27 million opening weekend at the U.S. box office.

The China performance makes “Warcraft” the fastest international film ever to top $135 million (900 million Renminbi) in that market. That figure outpaced last year’s four-day record by “Furious 7,” which finished its run in China with $390 million.

The stellar performance in China gives the fantasy actioner a worldwide total of $277 million from 51 markets so far with 23 launching this weekend. It’s opened as the number one film in 45 of those markets, with launches starting May 25.

Russia is the second-best international territory so far with $19.1 million  in 16 days.

“Warcraft” took in $1.8 million in its first two days in South Korea and $1.7 million in Taiwan. Ukraine set a record Thursday for top opening day at $233,000.

The videogame adaptation grossed a massive $46 million on its opening day in China. Legendary and Universal backed the $160 million film, which needs a lift from foreign audiences in view of prospects for moderate performance in North America, where it’s projected to finish in second place, 30% behind the opening of “The Conjuring 2.”

Universal is distributing the film in most of the world, aside from China, where China Film Group and Huaxia are handling the rollout.

Legendary was acquired earlier this year by Chinese conglomerate Dalian Wanda. The film is directed by Duncan Jones (“Moon”) and stars Travis Fimmel, Paula Patton, and Ben Foster.


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  1. well that’s perfect!

  2. Great movie, its a great day to be alive when I can see this come to life after playing since its inception in 2004. It may not be perfect to some but for us true lovers of WOW it is a homerun.

  3. Benny Cau says:

    Great movie. Even my family and friends whom never played games tell me it’s great. Especially in IMAX 3D it’s awesome. And for those haters “Chill out. It’s just a movie” as Duncan says

  4. Saturday Morning says:

    “more than five times the $27 million opening weekend at the U.S. box office.”

    Article written before 9 am on the Saturday of the opening weekend.

    No, the word “estimate” was not used.

    Variety, you are a disgrace. You used to not be.

  5. This makes a lot of sense. As the world changes, China is becoming the big market. The industry should be focusing there instead of maintaining the illusion that America is the main market.

  6. Nick says:

    Wow. Commies sure have BAD TASTE in movies.

  7. Rudy Mario says:

    With all Chinese investors this number looks dubious to put it mildly. The bo numbers for a Chinese blockbuster were rigged with the producers buying millions of tickets. So no confidence in Warcraft china bo numbers.

    • Don't Mind Me Now says:

      How does that work? Spend millions of dollars to make your unprofitable movie look like a hit just so you can justify making an even less profitable sequel? That seems like a pretty awful business model. It’s one thing to inflate numbers on a one-off propaganda film (a la the Hundred Regiments Offensive scandal last year) but not so much for a big franchise title, unless they don’t actually plan on making a sequel.

  8. Baxter says:

    This movie is the Best CGI adaptation in history!You shud watch this in an Imax cinema for best experience. So far Warcraft is breaking every record in various countries outside North america.Sure I can’t wait to see the second movie!

    • Mark says:

      “shud?” I guess that’s about the education level of anyone who would like this mess. Thank goodness there aren’t many of you.

      • Suzanna says:

        And thank God there are even less of you bigoted elitists in the world, Mark. I am college educated and have played this game for 9 years, and I too loved the movie. To criticize others because their taste in film isn’t the same as yours, that sure doesn’t say much for you intellect level either, now does it?

  9. Mawteen says:

    Thank you China!! Give us that sequal to this awesome movie

  10. Marc says:

    And yet it’s still one of the worst cartoons ever made.

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