Sherlock: The Abominable Bride A Big Hit In Chinese Cinemas

It looks as though ‘Sherlock’ has smashed the Chinese box office… as the feature-length Christmas Special becomes an international hit.

British ‘Sherlock’ fans weren’t the only ones waiting to see ‘The Abominable Bride’ on New Year’s Day… and with a release in UK cinemas alongside its BBC debut, there were plenty of ways to get your next Benedict Cumberbatch fix.

And it seems the Chinese audience is already hooked.

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Although the brand-new episode aired on New Year’s Day in both the UK and USA, it seems that Asian ‘Sherlock’ fans had a bit more of a wait… with the Christmas Special appearing in Korean cinemas on 2 January, with Chinese cinemas following on 4 January.

And it’s already a smash hit.

According to BBC Worldwide, a whopping 1.7 million people turned out to see ‘Sherlock’ during its opening weekend in China, with Deadline reporting a rather staggering box office figure.

“In China, it grossed $5.39M in its first day,” they revealed. “It landed at No. 1 and screened 37,593 times on Monday; more than this weekend’s top film, ‘Detective Chinatown’, which picked up $5.01M on Monday.”

And in Korea, it even managed to topple ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’.

“In Korea it is the No. 2 film with $5M through Monday on 735 screens and with 23.35% of the market; that’s four spots above Star Wars: The Force Awakens.”

‘Sherlock: The Abominable Bride’ starred Benedict Cumberbatch as the famous detective and high-functioning sociopath, Sherlock Holmes. Martin Freeman joined as Doctor Watson with Mark Gatiss reprising the role of Mycroft Holmes, Louis Brealey as Molly Hooper and Rupert Graves as DI Lestrade.

And there was even an appearance from the spectacularly villainous Andrew Scott as Sherlock’s nemesis, Moriarty…

But will ‘Sherlock’ dominate the US box office, too?

Unfortunately, the figures aren’t in just yet… so for now, we’ll have to wait and see. Either way, it’s an excellent result for the boys of Baker Street.

‘Sherlock: The Abominable Bride’ appeared in UK cinemas on 1 January 2015.

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