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.
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