After just 12 days in release, 'Wolf Warrior 2' has become the highest-grossing film ever at the Chinese box office. Directed by and starring Wu Jing, it gunned through RMB 3.4B Monday night, besting the previous RMB 3.39B record set by Stephen Chow’s The Mermaid in 2016.
Per today's rates however, The Mermaid would have racked up US$527M versus WW2's US$507M, but it is only a matter of time before WW2 surpasses that. Based on these numbers, some have predicted that the movie will finish its run with as high as RMB 5B (US$747M).
Last week, WW2 had already surpassed The Fate Of The Furious (US$393M/RMB 2.6B) to become the No. 1 movie in China this year. It had also bested the No. 2 Chinese movie ever, Monster Hunt, which grossed about US$382M in 2015. Going into the weekend, WW2 boasted the 2nd biggest gross for a single territory in 2017, and has since overtaken Beauty And The Beast (US$504M domestically) at No. 1. Along with Beauty, The Mermaid and now WW2, only seven other movies have ever crossed $500M in one market.
The new milestones come after a staggering sophomore PROC weekend performance that was up 30% versus its debut. The sequel to 2015’s $87M grosser, Wolf Warrior, it feasted on $163M in the frame, and added over $35M on Monday, per local reporting. Other records include the biggest single-day gross for a Chinese film and being the fastest to cross the RMB 1B, 2B and 3B box office marks.
In Singapore, the movie opened at number 5 on the box office charts over the July 28 - 30 weekend, but has since risen to number 2 over the last August 4 - 6 weekend.