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‘Wolf Warriors 2’ Chomps $400M+ At Chinese Box Office; Now #2 Movie Ever

Posted: August 6, 2017 at 2:34 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

Having heated up the Chinese box office last weekend, Wolf Warriors 2 is biting at new milestones in its 2nd frame. Through Saturday, the Wu Jing-helmed and starring action film is at an estimated $402M after 10 days in release. In dollar terms, based on reporting from research firm Ent Group, it’s surpassed The Fate Of The Furious($393M) to become the No. 1 movie in China this year and the No. 2 ever, all combined. (F8‘s local currency total is RMB 2.6B; we are waiting on a comparable figure for Wolf Warriors 2.)

In its debut last session, the film tallied $141.8M from Thursday-Sunday, the 2nd biggest start of the year behind F8. At just over $125M for the FSS, it edged out 2016’s The Mermaid for the three-day. That film, which went on to be China’s top movie of all time with $527M, bowed on a Monday during the February blackout last year. It took $152.8M (at historical rates) in the first four days and then had an FSS of $122.3M.

Falling during the summer blackout kibosh on Hollywood imports this year, Wolf Warriors 2 is a much-needed boost for homegrown films at the Chinese box office which currently counts only two other local titles in the Top 10.

But let’s put this into a global perspective. The H Collective released Wolf Warriors 2in the U.S. last weekend, taking $503K. Trinity Films, in partnership with Cine Asia and CMC Pictures, released it Friday in the UK. We’ll update those grosses tomorrow. In the meantime, while WW2 has beaten F8 in the home market, that doesn’t mean it’s translating abroad — a continuing bugaboo for Chinese movies. The Mermaid did about $27M outside the PROC. That’s a solid number for a contemporary release from the Middle Kingdom, but these films still have difficulty breaking out internationally. F8 is still the biggest import, and made over $1.24B worldwide.

Also starring Frank Grillo and with an assist from the Russo brothers who consulted on the pic, Wolf Warriors 2 is the sequel to 2015’s actioner Wolf Warrior which grossed about $87M at home that year. Celina Jade and Hans Zhang also star. Wu’s character has been billed as a sort of Chinese Rambo, and the action sequences are earning praise.

Response from critics and audiences has been higher than on the original Wolf Warrior. On Douban, the story of a commando who heads to Africa to rescue Chinese nationals is at 7.6 versus the previous film’s 6.8. On Mtime, it’s at 7.5 versus 7. Its last Saturday take of RMB 306.7M ($45.5M) was the second highest single-day take ever for a domestic film and the sixth for any film at the mainland box office. Today, it liberated an unofficial $55.4M with 115,565 screenings. That’s an incredible jump given last Saturday it was on a reported 128,165.

It has overtaken the No. 2 Chinese movie ever, Monster Hunt, which grossed about $382M in 2015 (albeit under somewhat dubious circumstances). Whether it can score another $125M to supplant The Mermaid as the No. 1 movie ever in China remains to be seen, although it has a fair bit of runway ahead.

Opening this session is Once Upon A Time, a romantic fantasy that’s based on a book and a TV series. Wolf Warriors 2 topped it by a wide margin on Friday and Saturday. The current estimated cume on OUAT is $55M.

Wolf Warriors 2 currently has the 2nd biggest take for a single territory in 2017. It’s jockeying ahead of Wonder Woman‘s projected North American haul through Sunday of $399.4M. Beauty And The Beast still reigns supreme with $504M domestically.

Director and star Wu told China Daily this week — which also marked the 90th anniversary of the founding of the Chinese army — “As of now, China has few such military movies. We are still exploring the genre and hope to raise the bar.”

Here’s the trailer:









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