Hollywood’s Strong Run at China Box Office Set to Continue

Hollywood's Strong Run at China Box
Courtesy of 20th Century Fox

China’s summer box office is poised to look a lot like the North American releasing schedule, with a raft of Hollywood remakes and franchise installments poised to reach Chinese theaters.

Alien: Covenant” is expected to hit Chinese screens May 19 in a day and date release with North America, while “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales” may be poised for May 26, according to Chinese media.

While there was already confirmation that “Pirates” had cleared China’s censors, Disney said that it has not yet received official notification of a date for the film’s outing. But unofficial Chinese media outlets such as Tencent’s ent.qq.com and Min Nan Wang are reporting the dates.

The Mummy,” starring Tom Cruise, is expected to unspool in China on June 9. That month is also expected to see the release of “Wonder Woman” from Warner Bros. and Paramount’s “Transformers: The Last Knight.”

Hollywood is having a strong run so far in 2017, and the lineup through June is certain to extend that.

“The Fate of the Furious,” known locally as “The Fast and the Furious 8,” smashed records last Friday and Saturday. After four days, it has clocked up an unprecedented $214 million in China. A strong second weekend looks probable, with only Sony’s “Smurfs: The Lost Village” offering much competition this weekend.

The following weekend will see a host of Chinese titles released for the important May 1 holiday. But “Guardians of the Galaxy: Vol. 2,” releasing on May 5, will see a heavyweight Hollywood title again competing for screens shortly after.

Previously announced, Warner Bros.’ “King Arthur: Legend of the Sword” will open in China on May 12.

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  1. RXS says:

    So all China’s demands that Hollywood incorporate Chinese actors and shoot sequences in China has resulted in exactly what I figured would happen: Hollywood is DOMINATING China because the Chinese government muzzles and restricts its own film industry, and because China’s 20th Century FAILURE created a giant vacuum where a massive pop culture might otherwise have existed since 1949. Sad.

    • anon says:

      Some Hollywood blockbusters dominate and some have also failed at the box office. No need to cry crocodile tears over your concern of Chinese pop culture’s ‘failure’. You’re out-of-the-loop about the strong fanbase among the domestic populace for C-dramas and Chinese celebrities .

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