‘Wolf Warrior 2’ With a 14-day total of $593.9 million in China alone, counting online ticketing fees, Wu Jing’s Wolf Warrior 2 will almost certainly end the weekend among the very biggest single-territory grossers of all time. It is crossing $600m today, on its 15 th day of release […]
With a 14-day total of $593.9 million in China alone, counting online ticketing fees, Wu Jing’s Wolf Warrior 2 will almost certainly end the weekend among the very biggest single-territory grossers of all time. It is crossing $600m today, on its 15th day of release (thanks to time zone magic, “today” is actually Friday in China), and is going to make a run at besting The Force Awakens’ record-setting $90m third Fri-Sun weekend. Even if it doesn’t go the distance, and if it drops by 51% from last weekend’s record-crushing $161m frame, we’re still looking at an over/under $80m third weekend and a 17-day total of around $673m. That would be the third-biggest single-territory grosser, not adjusted for inflation or exchange rates, behind only 20th Century Fox’s Avatar ($760m in North America) and Walt Disney’s Star Wars: The Force Awakens ($937m in North America).
Or maybe the demand will dry up, as it always seems to even when you think a film is unstoppable. Plenty of big films (Spider-Man, American Sniper, The Passion of the Christ, etc.) have followed up huge opening weekends with superb legs only to quickly wind down merely due to the sheer amount of demand being met in those first 10-17 days. Obviously, we’ll know more this weekend, and there is a difference between slowing down after a month and slowing down after two weeks when the numbers are this big. To be blunt, this isn’t the world’s best news for a Hollywood somewhat counting on China to deliver mega-bucks results for its blockbuster franchise offerings. Long story short, if Chinese movies can deliver approximate thrills and chills with local talent and Chinese movie stars, the English language/American action spectaculars are going to be slightly less essential.