Warcraft: The Beginning proves a monster hit in China

The video game adaptation racks up a first-day take of $46m, dwarfing projections for its performance in US cinemas

Warcraft: The Beginning, the adaptation of the video game World of Warcraft, has proved a massive hit in China, with a first-day take of $46m (£31.8m), the second biggest in the country’s history after another Hollywood hit, Furious 7, which took $63.1m in its first 24 hours in 2015.

Warcraft’s impressive results put it on course to challenge Furious 7’s $150m opening instalment in China – and thoroughly dwarfs the projected result for its domestic release in the US, which is currently tracking for around $25m when it opens on Friday.

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