While we know that the only reason ‘Warcraft‘ is getting a sequel is due to the Chinese audience viewership it seems that ‘Warcraft 2‘ might not even be getting a domestic release. With the first film setting the largest ticket sales difference between the US and Chinese box offices to date, it still seems a little surprising that a US release may not be in the cards, though the fans who did enjoy the first routing might hope for at least a limited run. The sales difference was staggering though with $220 million in sales in China to only $47 million in the US.
One of the partners at “the production-dealmaking law firm of Stroock & Stroock & Lavan” Skye Moore said that:
“Who says it needs to have American actors? I would suspect that the sequel would be more China-centric. It’s very possible it wouldn’t be released here.”
Now, this word is coming from a law firm and not actually from Legendary Pictures or anyone over at Blizzard that has to do with ‘Warcraft’. However, with the idea being floated around here it does mean that it may have come up at whatever boardroom talks that end up making this kind of a decision. Also, it hasn’t been unheard of for films to get major releases overseas with only a direct-to-DVD or VOD domestic release in the past though that usually only related to lower budget films.
With the China market slowly becoming the largest box office market in the world it would be no surprise to see more movies targeted at it, though a sequel to an initial US tentpole movie just almost sounds surprising until you see where the profits came from.
Do you think we’ll see ‘Warcraft 2’ in US box offices? What are your thoughts on the film possibly not getting a big screen domestic release? Share your thoughts below!
Source: Screen Rant
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