Newswire: Warcraft is already breaking Chinese box office records

Proving that its appeal extends beyond popular actresses with lucrative yogurt contracts, the Warcraft movie is apparently already setting box-office records in China. According to Chinese box office analyst Jonathan Papist, a writer for China Film Insider, the new movie’s midnight opening earned 55.4 million Chinese yuan (or $8.4 million) in a single night. That surpasses the record previously set by last year’s Furious 7, which ultimately went on to bring in $390 million in the country over its entire run. (For the record, that’s more than the movie managed to pull in domestically, by quite a bit.)

WARCRAFT earned est. ¥55.4M ($8.4M) from Tuesday midnight screenings, tops Furious 7’s all-time midnight record. pic.twitter.com/WHNLigfaF5

— China Box Office (@ChinaBoxOffice) June 7, 2016

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