Poor overall film reviews or no, Warcraft is most certainly going to make some nice bank this summer. The movie opens in the US tomorrow, but it’s already become a massive hit in China, where it released yesterday.
Warcraft, which cost $160 million to make, raked in $47 million in China during that first day. This is more than last year’s initial release of Star Wars: The Force Awakens in the region, which registered somewhere in the low $30s. The fantasy film also broke the record for the all-time midnight screening record in China, netting $8.4 million from those showing alone.
China is a huge market for the movie, as many World of Warcraft fans hail from the country. Legendary Pictures, the film studio behind Warcraft, was bought for $3.5 billion by a Chinese company earlier this year.
Warcraft is expected to pull in about $25 million from the first 24 hours in the US.