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7 Films That Prove that Hollywood Needs a Chinese Audience

 Many surprising things have happened in the film industry during the pandemic of the past year. From cinemas that had to close for months, many changes to the film's release schedule, to Chinese films that managed to beat Hollywood film records. Most recently, the Chinese film Detective Chinatown 3 (2021) managed to break the record of Avengers: Endgame (2019) as the film with the largest opening weekend revenue in one country.

As the country with the largest population in the world, China is certainly a very promising cinema market. As reported by The Hollywood Reporter, China is even the second-largest cinema market after the United States. Not only promising for the Chinese film industry itself, but China is also a promising market for Hollywood.

It's no secret that not all Hollywood movies can be successful in their home country, namely the United States. However, when it was released in China, the Hollywood film earned much more Chinese revenue than the United States. That's why Hollywood apparently needs China to save box office films that are less successful in the United States.

Well, what Hollywood movies prove that Hollywood actually needs Chinese audiences to boost revenue?

1. Transformers: Age of Extinction (2014)

Transformers is arguably one of the film franchises that are quite a in demand. Based on the story of Sam Witwicky, the first three Transformers films turned out to be in high demand by American audiences. The evidence is that the first three Transformers films managed to earn 300–400 million dollars in the United States alone.

However, once Paramount Pictures decided to replace the main character in Transformers: Age of Extinction, the U.S. audience's interest in Transformers began to decline. The fourth Transformers film only earned 246 million dollars in the United States. The huge revenue earned by Transformers: Age of Extinction comes from the international market.

Among all the international markets, China turned out to have a big part in the success of Transformers: Age of Extinction. In China alone, the film grossed $301 million. The sequel, Transformers: The Last Knight, is experiencing the same thing. China again provided the most revenue for its fifth film Transformers.

2. The Fate of the Furious (2017)

Paul Walker's departure didn't stop Universal Pictures from continuing to develop the Fast &Furious story. In the absence of Walker and his character, Brian O'Conner, Universal Pictures released the eighth Fast &Furious film titled The Fate of the Furious. Unfortunately, American audiences seemed to be getting less enthusiastic about the film.

The Fate of the Furious earned only $227 million in the United States. On the other hand, the international market provides fantastic revenue, which is $1.01 billion. Among all countries, China provides the most revenue, which is $393 million.

This turned out to have happened in the previous film, Furious 7 (2015). Fast &Furious's seventh film grossed $354 million in the United States. While in China, the film earned more than $391 million.

3. Terminator Genisys (2015)

After the failure of Terminator Salvation (2009), Paramount Pictures decided to reboot the Terminator franchise with the release of Terminator Genisys. The film, directed by Alan Taylor, is on a different timeline where Sarah Connor was instead brought up by a reprogrammed Terminator.

The concept of the new story presented by Terminator Genisys did not manage to attract the attention of American audiences. The film grossed only $90 million in the United States. The film's largest gross came from the international market at $351 million.

Among all countries, China is the largest revenue contributor to Terminator Genisys. From Chinese audiences alone, the film grossed $114 million.

4. XXX: Return of Xander Cage (2017)


 

12 years after the release of XXX: State of the Union (2005), Vin Diesel reprised his role as Xander Cage in the sequel XXX: Return of Xander Cage. Once presumed dead at the beginning of xxx: State of the Union, Xander is finally known to be alive and deliberately fakes his death. The CIA then convinced him to return to duty.

Diesel's return to the XXX franchise was not at all attractive to American audiences. In evidence, XXX: Return of Xander Cage only earned $45 million in the United States. On the other hand, the international market turned out to be more interested in the return of Diesel in XXX.

Like the three films mentioned above, it was the Chinese audience that contributed the most to the revenue earned by XXX: Return of Xander Cage. Only in China, the film grossed $165 million!

5. Warcraft (2016)

Who has or is still playing Warcraft? Well, did you know that the game has been adapted into a live-action movie? It's no secret that Hollywood has repeatedly failed to work on live-action movies from the game. Unfortunately, Warcraft is also one of those live-action game movies that fail to please critics and fans of the game.

To his dismay, Warcraft only earned $48 million in the United States. This live-action film turned out to be more welcomed by audiences outside the United States. Surprisingly enough, Warcraft turned out to be most in demand by Chinese audiences.

Warcraft's income in China is many times that of its revenue in the United States. Interestingly for Chinese audiences, Warcraft even earned $226 million in the country.

6. Resident Evil: The Final Chapter (2016)

The Resident Evil film series finally closed with its sixth film titled Resident Evil: The Final Chapter. Like the previous Resident Evil film series, this sixth film also received unsatisfactory reviews from critics and fans of the game. No wonder the film is not very successful in the United States.

Yep, Resident Evil: The Final Chapter only earned $27 million in the United States. Again, the international market turned out to give a good reception to this film directed by Paul W. S. Anderson. From the international market, Resident Evil: The Final Chapter earned 286 million dollars.

But if it wasn't for the Chinese audience, Resident Evil: The Final Chapter might be a loss. How's it going? The film earned $160 million from Chinese audiences!

7. Now You See Me 2 (2016)


 

The success of Now You See Me (2013) gave Lionsgate the confidence to develop a sequel titled Now You See Me 2. His first film caught the attention of American audiences. Unfortunately, United States audiences don't seem to be so enthusiastic about the storyline of Now You See Me 2.

Now You See Me 2 earned only $66 million in the United States. The film's biggest profit turned out to be the most given by the international market, which was 270 million dollars. Among all countries, it was China that provided the largest income for Now You See Me 2, which was $98 million.

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