Magazine article Screen International

'Warcraft' Boosts China Box Office as Records Tumble

Magazine article Screen International

'Warcraft' Boosts China Box Office as Records Tumble

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Warcraftstomped into China with a record-breaking opening in the week of Jun 6-12, making a staggering $156.17m from its first five days. It was the fastest imported film ever to crack RMB1 billion (approximately $151.6m), narrowly beating Furious 7, currently the highest grossing imported film ever, as well as the best ever IMAX weekend with $20m from 292 screens.

While Legendary-Universal's video game adaptation stumbles in the US, its explosive success in China could be partially attributed to its strong Chinese backing. Legendary Entertainment, the film's production company, was purchased earlier this year by Chinese conglomerate Dalian Wanda Group, which owns China's largest cinema circuit. The film is also co-financed by influential Chinese partners Tencent, China Film Group and Huayi Brothers.

Warcraft's $156.17m five-day opening made it the third-biggest imported film this year so far (behind Zootopia and Captain America: Civil War). Last week's total box office, almost 74% of which derived from Warcraft, saw a week-on-week increase of 87%.

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