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China Continues to Save the Hollywood Blockbuster

Whether it’s Terminator: Genisys, Resident Evil: The Final Chapter, or it’s own production, The Great Wall, China continues to save the various Hollywood blockbusters from financial devastation.

I’ve been keeping a close eye on Warner Bros. and Legendary’s Kong: Skull Island for two reasons; because it’s a massive franchise that could be affected by box office numbers, and because it was fucking awesome.

It wasn’t looking so good for the King, which appears to be on route for roughly $150 million here in the States. At a production budget reported around $185 million, the movie would need to pull in an estimated $600 million to even approach break-even. Thankfully, according to THR, Skull Island pulled in $74 million in China over the weekend. This pushed the worldwide box office into the $500 million range, slowly closing in on the target number.

While this doesn’t bode well for studio confidence, the good news is that it’s building a brand and global awareness, which  could only help the box office numbers when Godzilla 2 arrives on March 22, 2019, and Godzilla vs. Kong on May 29, 2020. Although, Warner Bros. didn’t exactly break the bank with the poorly reviewed Batman V. Superman

[Related] Yes, There Was an Intentional (and Brutal) ‘Cannibal Holocaust’ Tribute in ‘Kong: Skull Island’



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