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‘Aquaman’ sets Warner Bros opening day box office record in China

08 December 2018

Originally it had been reported that the film would be taking in between $75-80M in China for its opening weekend after making $24M in just two days. This marks studio Warner Brothers' biggest opening day ever in that country, and the best December opening for any Hollywood release, per Deadline. Warner Brothers employed a novel strategy in attempting to buck that trend with Aquaman, and it appears to be paying off.

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Directed by James Wan, Aquaman stars Jason Momoa as Arthur Curry, Amber Heard as Mera, Willem Dafoe as Vulko, Patrick Wilson as Orm / Ocean Master, Dolph Lundgren as Nereus, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II as Black Manta, Nicole Kidman as Atlanna, Ludi Lin as Captain Murk, and Temuera Morrison as Tom Curry. Additionally, a full 25 minutes of preview footage was screened in Beijing in mid-November, further stoking discussion of and anticipation for the release. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Warner Bros. executive Toby Emmerich has already started preliminary discussions about a sequel, though the report acknowledged that Warner Bros. hadn't hired a writer yet. That film posted a startling $111 million weekend to open its Chinese run, which so far has outgrossed its North American take by a cool $50 million dollars. Considering Wonder Woman's box office (and pop cultural) performance, however, and how it potentially compares to Aquaman's, chances are pretty good that the guy who can talk to fish will be doing more fish-talking in a future film.

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From the look of things, Aquaman is going to be a massive hit before it even reaches the United States audiences.

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The 32-year-old actress and Jason, 39, had "so much fun" during the "Aquaman" shoot, but she also found his demand for attention to be tiring at times.

‘Aquaman’ sets Warner Bros opening day box office record in China