‘Aquaman’ Torpedoes to Strong Start in China

‘Aquaman’ Torpedoes to Strong Start in China
Updated: “Aquaman” torpedoed to a strong start in China on Friday, with Warner Bros. estimating that its latest superhero blockbuster reeled in Rmb 169 million ($24.6 million) in the studio’s biggest-ever opening day in the Middle Kingdom.

Midnight screenings the night before brought in another Rmb 9 million ($1.3 million), according to data from entertainment consultancy Artisan Gateway. An $80 million opening weekend appears within reach, which would far surpass that of DC Comics titles “Batman vs. Superman” ($55 million) and “Wonder Woman” ($37.7 million).

Aquaman” has been garnering extremely favorable reviews online, an important driver of the Chinese film market, the world’s second-largest after the U.S. The hashtag “‘Aquaman’ is an explosive high” was trending Friday evening on Weibo, China’s Twitter. “I felt like a moviegoer in the 70s watching ‘Star Wars’ for the first time,” wrote one awed user.

The film was released in China two weeks before its rollout in the U.
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