“Warcraft” feasted on a record $90 million in its first two days in China, including the highest Thursday box office of all time in the country, with an estimated $46 million.
The fantasy thriller topped the previous two-day record of $88 million set last year by “Furious 7.”
The Thursday gross also beat the $37 million record set earlier this year by the local film “The Mermaid.” “Warcraft” accounted for 81% of the Chinese box office on Thursday.
The video game adaptation grossed a massive $46 million on its opening day in the Middle Kingdom.
Legendary backed the $160 million film, which needs a lift from foreign audiences. It opens Friday in North America, where it’s projected to pull in $25 million against the openings of “The Conjuring 2” and “Now You See Me 2.”
Universal is distributing the film in most of the world, aside from China, where China Film Group and Huaxia are handling the rollout. “Warcraft” has been screening in more than two dozen foreign territories for two weeks and grossed more than $75 million.
Legendary was acquired earlier this year by Chinese conglomerate, Dalian Wanda. The film was directed by Duncan Jones (“Moon”) and stars Travis Fimmel, Paula Patton, and Ben Foster.