“Warcraft” directed by Duncan Jones, son of David Bowie, has made $45.7 million in non 3D screenings and $5.33 million in IMAX in its opening day in China. “Warcraft” is based on Activision Blizzard Inc.’s World of Warcraft game. The game features wars among humans, orcs, elves, and other mythical races.
The movie is backed by Chinese billionaire Wang Jianlin’s Legendary Entertainment. The movie is co-produced by Legendary and backed by gaming giant Tencent Holdings Ltd. According to EntGroup Inc., the movie made 300.4 million yuan ($45.7 million) in ticket sales across Chinese theaters on Wednesday. According to Chinese Film Insider the movie “Warcraft” beat the previous record holder which was set last year by “Furious 7.” “Furious 7” ranks as the top-grossing films of all time in China.
According to Bloomberg, Wang operates the country’s biggest theater chain. According to GF Securities, China accounts for at least 10 percent of the 100 million fans of the World of Warcraft game. According to Nomura Holdings Inc. they expect the movie to generate 2 billion yuan in ticket sales in China. According to EntGroup, the film has already made more than 200 million yuan ($30 million) or 90 % of China’s box office of the day. The movie is being distributed by Universal/Comcast Corp in America and other countries except China.
According to Daily Mail on the movie’s release Tuesday Night fans in Shanghai, China celebrated the premiere of the movie. Some fans were dressed in costumes. One fan even proposed to his girlfriend.
“Warcraft” will premiere in the United States on Friday. According to BoxOfficePro.com, the movie is expected to make $22 million in sales over the weekend. By the end of the weekend the movie is expected to generate $45 million total. According to Deadline.com, the movie will be playing on 68% of all screens in China. Other movies that “Warcraft” beat in opening sales are “Captain America: Civil War,” “Star Wars: The Force Awakens.”