A few of the major movie sites around the Internet have published advanced reviews for Warcraft, which do not paint it in a favorable light. Most call it a movie made for gamers only, and some have hinted at a big summer flop. While we don’t know how the movie will fare on U.S. soil, as it won’t open until June 10, the movie is making a killing with an impressive $16.3M debut through Friday in International markets.
Directed by the late David Bowie’s son Duncan Jones, Warcraft arrives from Legendary and Universal Pictures as yet another video game adaptation in a market that has not been favorable to them. The movie took in $9.3M on Thursday, invading a total of 20 markets. The movie is currently #1 at the foreign box office in 19 of those, defying expectations all around. According to Deadline, the movie is looking at a weekend cume of $30M. Over the next two months, Warcraft will continue to spread throughout the globe, with 45 more markets to hit.
The biggest market for Warcraft is expected to be China, a major gaming hub. The battle fueled movie has already fared quite well in Russia and Germany. In Russia, this Azeroth set fantasy adventure has taken in a two-day total of $4.9 million, owning 65% percent of the market share. German audiences have already ponied up $3.5 million with a 45% share of the market. This comes after the movie scored the biggest opening day of 2016 in that country.
The video game adaptation is attracting fans of the game right out of the gate, with the overwhelming majority of audience members familiar with the title. The movie hasn’t fared quite so well in France, though, where it has pulled in $2.2 million after mid-level reviews from critics. Viewers have been much more kind, awarding it a rather high 4.4 out of 5 stars. The movie went onto open #1 in Sweden, where it took in $539 thousand on Friday. This was Universal’s third biggest opening in the country behind Fifty Shades of Grey and Furious 7. Other countries where it opened #1 include Austria, Denmark, Egypt, Hungary, Iceland, Indonesia, Latvia, Lebanon, Middle East, Norway, Pakistan, Slovenia, Switzerland, Thailand. Only in the Philippines did it open at #2.
The Warcraft movie stars Travis Fimmel, Dominic Cooper, Ben Foster, Paula Patton, Toby Kebbell, Ben Schnetzer, Robert Kazinsky and Daniel Wu. This action epic is directed by Duncan Jones from a script he co-wrote with Charles Leavitt. Warcraft is a Legendary Pictures, Blizzard Entertainment and Atlas Entertainment production. Warcraft is produced by Charles Roven, Thomas Tull, Jon Jashni, Alex Gartner and Stuart Fenegan. Jillian Share, Brent O’Connor, Michael Morhaime and Paul Sams serve as executive producers. Rob Pardo, Chris Metzen, Nick Carpenter and Rebecca Steel Roven co-produce. Warcraft will go up against a pair of sequels on June 10, Lionsgate’s Now You See Me 2 and Warner Bros.’ The Conjuring 2. We’ll have to wait two more weeks to see how it fares in the states.