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Movies: “Warcraft,” a Massive Hit in China, is a Box Office Disaster in the US

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Yikes.

“Warcraft,” a massive hit in China, is a disaster at the US box office.

Duncan Jones did his best to make a movie out of a video game. But the movie has made just $31 million though Thursday. Now reports indicate that last night the entertainment made just $1.9 million. A $6 mil weekend is hoped for.

The budget was $160 million. Luckily, “Warcraft” made all of that money back in China. The Chinese aren’t that picky about plot, characters etc.

But Americans are. And “Warcraft” would be a total loss for Legendary Pictures, which financed the film and released it through Universal. Legendary may be legendary just for this episode alone. So far, Legendary is up one big one with “Jurassic World” but carrying a lot of dead weight movies. Next year they start up with a bunch of “King Kong” and “Godzilla” movies. The first one stars Brie Larson and Tom Hiddleston.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedmanhttps://www.showbiz411.com
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.
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