While poor reviews have some analysts convinced that Duncan Jones’ Warcraft adaptation will fail to rise above $30 million in its opening weekend here at home, the fantasy video game film is invading international box offices with gusto. In fact, the film is already setting records in one of the world’s biggest markets: China, where an estimated 10 million “World of Warcraft” fans are expected to turn out to see this big-screen spectacle.
Warcraft might not win the opening frame in the States this weekend, since New Line’s The Conjuring 2 and Lionsgate’s Now You See Me 2 opening, along with a second frame for Paramount’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows, but perhaps a round of sequelitis will hit movie-going audiences, making them more eager to seek out the big, bold fantasy epic. That’s certainly the hope, but with China clearing the way for a big box office performance, the domestic performance might not be the end all, be all.
As THR reports, Warcraft already nabbed over $20 million worth of advance tickets by Monday night, beating Avengers: Age of Ultron and nearing Furious 7’s numbers. Interestingly enough, the movie’s Tuesday midnight screenings took in $8.4 million, which topped Furious 7’s all-time midnight record. And let’s keep in mind that China is just one of 37 more territories that Warcraft will be invading this weekend.
WARCRAFT earned est. ¥55.4M ($8.4M) from Tuesday midnight screenings, tops Furious 7’s all-time midnight record. pic.twitter.com/WHNLigfaF5
— China Box Office (@ChinaBoxOffice) June 7, 2016
Other international territory box office performances include $17.3 million from Russia, Germany contributing $10 million to go along with France’s $7.8 million, and Universal’s U.K. titling of Warcraft: The Beginning, which won the week and brought in an additional $5.5 million, rising above the Turtles sequel, but just barely. International totals place the box office take around $70 million, without China. Overall estimates there could see Warcraft bringing in $120 to 150 million. That should replenish a healthy bit of that $160 million budget.
We’ll have Matt Goldberg’s review of the film up later this week, so be sure to check back to give it a read. And for more on Warcraft, take a look at some of our recent stories below:
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