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Warcraft movie trumps Star Wars: Force Awakens in China

May prove Gul'dan after all.

The Duncan Jones Warcraft movie may be on course to flop in America (where it opens 10th June) but in China it's bigger than Star Wars: The Force Awakens - it's massive! Perhaps we'll see sequels after all.

The Warcraft movie made around $47m in one day in China, whereas it's on track to make just $25m at its opening in America, according to Forbes. Star Wars: The Force Awakens apparently made between $30-$33m in China in a day.

The last time something like this - but not as big - apparently happened was with Terminator: Genisys, which tanked in the US and made less than $100m all-in-all, but made more than $400m worldwide - and around half of it from China. As it stands, Warcraft should be even bigger. Duncan Jones' film cost $160m to make.

Warcraft has done well in the UK, too, winning the spring/summer half-term box office with £3.62m from 3rd-5th June, according to The Guardian. It beat Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows, and it thrashed Hitman: Agent 47's debut of £961,000.

But Warcraft remains "not a good film", as Oli wrote in his review. "Dry, garbled, plot-heavy and charm-free, with a seriously anticlimactic ending and strained production design that doesn't manage to resolve the games' outlandish look into a coherent mix of CGI and live action." Nevertheless, he added, "it's not a total bust". For the Warcraft faithful there are things to appreciate. And thankfully for Blizzard and film-maker Legendary, there are plenty of Warcraft faithful.

Cover image for YouTube videoWarcraft - Official Trailer (HD)