Warner Bros.’ Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore cruised to a straightforward win throughout its opening weekend China, however the prize was smaller than traditional.
The Harry Potter spinoff sequel earned simply $9.7 million, in keeping with information from Artisan Gateway. Thanks to ongoing COVID outbreaks, an estimated 54 p.c of China’s cinemas are presently closed.
The first Fantastic Beasts movie opened to $40.4 million in China in 2016, and the sequel, Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald, debuted to $36.6 million in 2018.
Social scores for the Secrets of Dumbledore had been strong, if unexceptional: 8.7 on Maoyan, 8.7 from Alibaba’s Taopiaopiao and 6.7 on Douban.
The movie carried out considerably higher on Imax, incomes $1.5 million within the large display screen format, or 15 p.c of its nationwide whole. Dumbledore performed on 360 Imax screens, roughly half of Imax’s traditional outlay.
In current months and years, Hollywood titles have been incomes conspicuously lower than they as soon as did in China, however the present COVID closures make it tough to evaluate whether or not the overall pattern of waning native enthusiasm for U.S. motion pictures was additionally a think about Dumbledore‘s lackluster opening.
Sony’s animated sequel Hotel Transylvania 4 earned simply $1.4 million in its second weekend for a working whole of $6.2 million. Hotel Transylvania 3 (2018) earned $32.2 million in China.
Other U.S. made titles added equally tiny sums. Escape Room 2, in cinemas for its second weekend, added $940,000, taking its whole to $5.2 million. Roland Emmerich’s Moonfall, which was co-financed by Chinese studio Huayi Brothers Media, added $900,000. The movie has earned $19.4 million since its native launch late final month — barely higher than its $19.1 million North American whole.