"Aquaman" is set to extend its government over the China office for an additional month in theaters. An extension has been made to the release and is allowed to play through until February 6, 2019, the second day of the Chinese New Year holiday.
Foreign revenue sharing films in China are usually given a 30-day release window by the industry regulators. Only someone gets an extra 30-day extension and usually only when the movie performs strongly. Earlier this month, Sony's "Venom" was also given such a green light. It had broken records to boast the second largest opening weekend of a superhero movie ever in China.
The James Wan-directed "Aquaman" opened in China on December 7, two weeks before beating American theaters. From Wednesday, it has raked in a total of $ 246 million in the country – more than 40% of the global sum to date. Although it was overtaken by "Spider-Man: In the Spider-Verse" this weekend, "Aquaman" has bounced back to the top of the chart and 20 days in its China round, it still takes over $ 2.5 million a day .
Despite a lukewarm reception by critics, the film is still ranked high on Chinese online platforms Maoyan and Douban. Where the users rated it to an astonishing 9.4 and 7.9 out of 10, respectively, many raving about the production values.
"Aquaman" scored strongly with its early December release date. It beat theaters at a time of low competition before the turn of the year, which unusually contains a large number of foreign titles – including "Ralph Breaks the Internet", "The Grinch" and Friday Opener "Spider-Verse".
It remains to be seen whether "Aquaman" will be able to swim past "Venom", which has brought in more than $ 271 million in China so far. China's "Venom" score is a significant margin ahead of the North American result of $ 213 million.
Upcoming competition will include Paramounts "Transformers" spin-off "Bumblebee", which is set to buzz to mainland complexes on January 4th. Director Michael Bays two latest "Transformers" films performed better in China than in North America, with the 2017 "The Last Knight" bringing in $ 229 million on the territory.
Other potential contenders include the latest Chinese tomb raiding adventure "Mojin: The Warm Valley" and the art-house title "Long Day's Journey Into Night", which has already taken an amazing $ 15 million in pre-sales ahead of its December 31 Directed by Bi Gan, "Journey" had its world premiere in the Un Certain Regard section of Cannes in May this year.