Warcraft Is Now The Biggest Video Game Movie Of All Time
Duncan Jones’ ‘Warcraft’ is now officially the biggest video game movie of all time.
In a pretty unexpected turn of events, and despite having absolutely lost its shirt at the US box office, it’s surpassed all previous movies based on video game properties.
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Last week it looked like 'The Angry Birds Movie’ was about to slip into the top slot, beating previous number one 'Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time’.
But now 'Warcraft’ has reached $377 million (£256 million) worldwide, beating the $336.4 million (£228.6 million) made by Mike Newell’s 2010 fantasy movie, which starred Jake Gyllenhaal.
'Angry Birds’ currently trails behind at $327.7 million (£222 million), but will likely land second place in the coming weeks.
And it’s all thanks to the colossal bump 'Warcraft’ has experienced in the Chinese market.
The movie, which stars Dominic Cooper, Travis Fimmel and Paula Patton, has scooped the biggest opening in Chinese box office history.
Currently it’s the 12th biggest Chinese box office movie of all time, and is still drawing the crowds, thanks in no small measure to the PC game’s popularity in Asia.
A massive $205 million (£139 million) has come from the Chinese box office alone in its first 12 days, despite a catastrophic, near record-breaking 73% drop in attendance in its second week on release in the States.
It made just $6.5 million (£4.4 million) in the US over last weekend.
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