Warner Bros. Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore won easily in its opening week in China, but the prize pool was smaller than usual.
The Harry Potter The spinoff sequel made just $9.7 million, according to data from Artisan Gateway. Thanks to the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak, an estimated 54% of China’s cinemas are currently closed.
The first Magical Creatures the film grossed $40.4 million in China in 2016 and its sequel, Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwaldlaunched with $36.6 million in 2018.
Social points for Dumbledore’s Secret is solid, if nothing special: 8.7 on Maoyan, 8.7 from Alibaba’s Taopiaopiao and 6.7 on Douban.
Movies performed better on Imax, grossing $1.5 million in the giant-screen format, or 15 percent of the national total. Dumbledore played on a 360 Imax screen, which is almost half of the usual Imax result.
Hollywood titles have made significantly less money in recent months and years than they used to in China, but the current COVID shutdown makes it difficult to gauge whether the overall trend of the decline in popularity has been the same. Is the local people’s love for American movies a factor in DumbledoreFaint opening.
Sony’s Animated Sequel Hotel Transylvania 4 earned just $1.4 million in its second weekend for a total of $6.2 million. Hotel Transylvania 3 (2018) grossed $32.2 million in China.
Other US titles also received similar small sums. Escape Room 2, in theaters for its second weekend, added $940,000, bringing the total to $5.2 million. Roland Emmerich’s Falling Moon, co-sponsored by Chinese studio Huayi Brothers Media, adding $900,000. The film has earned $19.4 million since its local release late last month — slightly better than the $19.1 million total in North America.