15 June 2016
Warcraft, the new video game inspired movie is oxymoronically breaking records amidst its spectacular flop in the U.S.
In five days, the film raked in $156 million, beating out last year’s Furious 7 to become the U.S. highest-grossing opening for a foreign-produced film.
Warcraft made more in five days than Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens did in its entire theatrical run ($124 million).
Looking beyond the figures, this is a spectacular feat considering that The Force Awakens is in the top three highest grossing films ever made, if I’m not gravely mistaken.
Does this mean that China can singlehandedly make for the success or otherwise of a movie franchise and are becoming a deciding force as powerful as Hollywood?
Warcraft opened in the United States with just over $24 million at the box office. Despite this spectacular flop in America it still remains a record breaker and huge success.
Hollywood actor, Jackie Chan recently told the Shanghai Film Festival that the success of Warcraft had “scared” Americans.
Jackie Chan said: “If we can make a film that earns 10bn [yuan], then people from all over the world who study film will learn Chinese, instead of us learning English.”
Author: Ekpeki Donald Pen Prince
Ekpeki Chovwe Donald styled the PenPrince is a writer and lawyer in equity. He has an unhealthy interest in wit, pun and poetry. When he’s not writing, he’s reading and when he’s not reading, he’s breathing. He breathes words.