Harry Potter And The Sorcerer’s Stone cast its spell over the box office in China this weekend, as Hollywood rereleases continue to entice people back to recently reopened cinemas.
The 3D, 4K rerelease of the first film in Warner Bros’ multi-billion dollar franchise was able to magic up a stellar $13.4 million this weekend, according to local box office consultancy Artisan Gateway. The strong showing from The Sorcerer’s Stone pushed the total box office to $21.9 million, the best single weekend performance since China’s cinemas reopened.
Theaters in China are now into their fourth week of reopening after a COVID-19 enforced lockdown put in place back in January. Despite the restart, the country’s exhibitors are still operating with limits on the number of screens and strict social distancing measures on top of having a public still wary about returning to the movies. The stronger week-to-week performance is in stark contrast to the year-on-year decline of 92.8 percent.
Puffed up partly by higher-priced IMAX admissions, on Saturday The Sorcerer’s Stone scored the biggest single-day take since the restart and its total China gross, including all previous releases, now stands at $21.4 million according to Artisan Gateway. The China rerelease of the 2001 film, based on the first book of J.K. Rowling’s phenomenally successful book series, is edging the movie closer to a $1 billion worldwide cume.