A couple days ago, we reported that Warcraft already nabbed over $20 million worth of advance tickets by Monday night, beating Avengers: Age of Ultron and nearing Furious 7’s numbers. Furthermore, the movie’s Tuesday midnight screenings took in $8.4 million, which topped Furious 7’s all-time midnight record.
Now, more numbers from China have come in and the film is continuing to smash records. According to THR, the movie earned “$44.5 million-$46.5 million on Thursday to bring its two-day total to $90.6 million-$92.2 million, according to estimates.” THR goes on to say, “analysts predicted that the pic could earn $120 million-$150 million in its five-day debut. At this pace, those estimates could be low.”
This is in addition to the $75 million the movie has already amassed in the 28 markets where it’s opened. Per THR, “It is doing especially well in Russia and Germany, earning $17.3 million and $10 million, respectively, in its first 11 days. And its 11-day total in France is a solid $7.8 million. This past weekend, the film landed in the U.K. with $5.5 million, including previews.”
But it’s in China where the film is poised to make some real money. It is playing in a record-setting 67.5 percent of all theaters in mainland China, where there are some 39,000 screens (by comparison, Furious 7 played in 62.8 percent).
The film is also doing well in IMAX:
Warcraft Shatters @IMAX Opening-day Box Office Records; Grosses $5.32 Million, or RMB 35 Million, on 290 IMAX Screens Across China
— Steven Weintraub (@colliderfrosty) June 8, 2016
So keep all this in mind when the film opens this weekend to less than stellar reviews and perhaps loses at the domestic box office to The Conjuring 2 and Now You See Me 2. Warcraft may not have any A-list stars, but it has brand name recognition, and the love of the property has clearly driven it to stellar box office in China, which shouldn’t be underestimated. The reason we’re getting a Pacific Rim 2 is because of China, and it will be interesting to see if the Warcraft film franchise can continue off the strength of international box office.