“Black Panther” has made a bright start on top of the box office, as it heads into Chinese multiplexes. That should help allay fears that Chinese audiences are cool towards black-themed movies.
By midday Friday, the Disney-Marvel Comic Universe film had grossed $9.87 million (RMB62.7 million), according to data from China Box Office. At that early stage, “Black Panther” accounted for 60% of Friday’s gross revenues, ahead of big budget patriotic documentary “Amazing China” in second place with 19%. Last week’s dominant title, “Operation Red Sea” eased down to third place with 8%.
Previews and midnight screenings for “Black Panther” were worth $1.45 million (RMB9.2 million) on Thursday, elevating the film’s running total in China to $11.3 million (RMB720 million) before it heads into the afternoon.