CORE STORY: Warcraft shatters box office records in China

Photo: Universal Pictures

Photo: Universal Pictures

Chris Luckett

Universal Pictures’ Warcraft is getting abysmal reviews, but that hasn’t stopped it from setting a new record in China for the biggest non-weekend opening ever.

Warcraft opened in China Wednesday to the equivalent of $46-million, easily beating previous record holder The Avengers: Age of Ultron‘s opening of $28-million.

Estimates for the five-day launch period of June 8-12 in China had been between $100-million and $150-million, but that now looks to be conservative.

With expectations in the United States and Canada very low for the picture and pundits predicting a North American opening of less than $25-million, the picture’s achievement could have huge implications for how movies are made or marketed.

Box office success in North American could no longer be necessary to ensure a movie’s profitability with such success in foreign markets, particularly in China.

Warcraft also set a Chinese record for largest IMAX opening day, with an equivalent of $5-million coming from the large-format screens, toppling previous record-holder Furious 7.

(Source: Deadline)

CORE STORY: Captain America: Civil War is now 2016’s biggest global hit

Photo: Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures

Photo: Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures

Chris Luckett

As much focus as domestic box office has, it only makes up the grosses for Canada and the U.S. International box office makes up an even larger slice of the pic for movie studios, especially with countries like China becoming so important to the industry.

Captain America: Civil War may currently be the fourth-highest grossing movie domestically (behind Deadpool, Zootopia, and Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice), but it’s been kicking even more butt outside North America — and with the two combined, it just set a new record.

Between its $311-million domestic and $671-million international grosses, Civil War presently sits with a global total of $982-million, surpassing Zootopia‘s worldwide earnings of $971-million.

Between Zootopia, The Jungle Book, and now Captain America: Civil War, Disney is responsible for three of 2016’s five highest-grossing movies of the year, globally.

Deadpool remains the highest-grossing movies of 2016 domestically, with a total of $363-million. Thanks to strong word-of-mouth and its large opening, Civil War is expected to close that gap in the coming weeks.

Before that, though, Captain America: Civil War should cross the $1-billion mark globally, a feat no 2016 movie has yet accomplished.

(Source: Entertainment Weekly)

CORE STORY: Disney sets new box office record thanks to Captain America: Civil War

Photo: Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures

Photo: Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures

Chris Luckett

After a slightly disappointing opening day — if you can fathom $75-million being a disappointment — Captain America: Civil War wound up pulling in $181.8-million over Mother’s Day weekend, the fifth-largest (domestic) opening weekend of all time.

That’s not the big reason Disney’s celebrating today, though. That $181.8-million pushed the studio’s domestic grosses for 2016 past the $1-billion mark —¬†faster than any studio in history. Continue reading