HONG KONG – “Interstellar” got off to a bright start on its first day of theatrical release in China.

The film clocked up RMB33.3 million ($5.4 million) from 7,742 screens, according to data from Warner Bros.

That is the biggest opening to date in China for a Christopher Nolan-directed film. “Inception” opened with RMB12 million, while “The Dark Knight Rises” took RMB28.3 million.

The figure is also ahead of the opening for “Gravity,” which launched in the same period last year with RMB28.8 million ($4.69 million) and finished at $70.7 million.

Industry watchers in China have estimated “Interstellar” to be capable of grossing RMB500 million-700 million ($81 million-$114 million) in the Middle Kingdom.