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You Might Hate The Warcraft Movie But China Doesn’t

I went to go see the opening premiere of the Warcraft movie and based on the reviews I expected to be disappointed, instead, I was pleasantly surprised.

Yes, the critics call it dull and out of focus but it’s really not so much better than any other blockbusters setting up the rest of the sequel. True the acting was terrible and you didn’t get a feel for any of the characters sans Medivh but the world they built. The sets, the music (o.m.g.) and my favourite, the orcs look just fantastic. Just try to ignore some of the random patchy camera angles and acting and you’ll enjoy this movie.

So that being said it looks like I’m not the only one who enjoyed the Warcraft movie, the rest of China seems to agree with me. On it’s opening night China snagged an impressive USD$46 million, topping Avengers: Age of Ultron by a wide margin with USD$28.3 million last month. Making Warcraft the best non-weekend launch in the country’s history.

Combine that with around the roughly USD$75 million it’s made internationally already, and it looks like America (which currently has a projected USD$25 million opening ahead of tonight’s release) is the only region not really feeling the movie.

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It’s not really surprising that not just China but Asia are huge fans of Warcraft and the region makes up a significant portion of the MMORPG‘s user base. The success of the movie and its popularity has significantly increased the chances of there being a Warcraft sequel. I don’t know about you but I’m still waiting on Warcraft IV.