The Revenant, Alejandro G. Inarritu’s epic Hugh Glass biographical, is doing thunderous at the Chinese Box Office. On the other hand, Zootopia becomes the top-grossing animated film of all time.
The Revenant opened with a strong $33 million over the weekend in the Middle Kingdom. Middle Kingdom is where Leonardo DiCaprio is a huge star.
With this enduring popularity, it is a big win for New Regency. They only had to cut 90 seconds or less to clear Chinese censors, says Hollywood Reporter.
“It’s fantastic. It speaks to Leo’s star power and I think the expansion of the marketplace in China,” said New Regency president and CEO Brad Weston.
The Revenant played in regular theatres and IMAX locations, with a late run in China. It has now been revealed that The Revenant can surely cross the $500 million mark worldwide.
The film was released by Fox everywhere else on behalf of New Regency.
The China release date was announced by New Regency. The declaration was a follow-up to the movie’s Academy Award wins last month in the best actor, director and cinematography categories.
New Regency partnered with Guangdong Alpha Animation and Culture, while releasing the film in China.
DiCaprio attended The Revenant’s official premiere in China on Sunday. The Best Actor Academy Award winner is cherished in China.
Since 1997’s Titanic, he has been fondly known as Xiao Li, or “Little Leo.”
Disney Animation Studio’s Zootopia overhauled Monkey King: Hero Is Back and Kung Fu Panda 3 ($152 million) to become the top-grossing animated film of all time in China with $174 million-plus.
The animals of Zootopia are going wild in the international box office, estimated at $64.8M on a weekend rate. The global total of the movie is $591.7M, with $600M coming up fast.
Flash, the sloth, has become a local social media star in China. The country maintained its love affair with the furry folks, says Deadline.
Globally The Revenant has earned $483.2 million, including $181.2 million in North America, through Sunday. Japan release for the film is waiting.