Two months after its American release, “War for the Planet of the Apes” arrived in China this weekend and gave 20th Century Fox its best opening in the market ever with $62.3 million. The strong result pushes the film’s global total to $432 million.
While that total is still well below the $710 million made in 2014 by “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes,” “War” is ahead of the pace “Dawn” set in China and should pass its predecessor’s $107 million total in that market. The Chinese opening also makes “War” the highest grossing overseas release this weekend, beating the $60.3 million made by “It” from 56 countries. The overseas total for “It” stands at $152 million with a global total of $371 million.
Fox’s next film, “Kingsman: The Golden Circle,” will begin its global rollout next weekend, with domestic tracking putting the film at a $45 million opening. A Chinese release date for the film has not been set. The film’s predecessor, “Kingsman: The Secret Service,” made $414 million in 2015, including $286 million from overseas and $74.6 million from China alone.