Another day, another story about how a major Hollywood Summer blockbuster goes head to head with a low-budget domestic film at the Chinese box-office. More often than not, Hollywood films dominate in China, with a few exceptions here and there. Unfortunately for the Chinese film industry, not every film can be Lost in Thailand or Journey to the West, and Goliath inevitably defeats David. That recently occurred when a homegrown coming-of-age drama (Tiny Times) was forced to go up against giant robots fight giant monsters (Pacific Rim).
SPOILER ALERT: The robots won.
Guillermo del Toro’s latest raked in $9 million on its opening day in China. While that doesn’t sound like much compared to its opening in the States, this is the biggest opening for a Warner Bros. movie in China. After about a week in theaters, Pacific Rim went on to make $33.9 million, while Tiny Times only brought home $27.2 million. We previously reported on how well the Chinese film was doing, but it seems that bright star is starting to fade.
The threat of Hollywood dominance in the Chinese film market has prompted the Chinese government to enforce a “black-out” period, allowing for more of China’s domestic films to have a shot at being seen without the threat of being outshined by a robot/monster punch orgy. China did the same thing last year, which lasted a whole two-month period. With Hollywood out of the way, China’s own filmmakers will be able to screen One Night Surprise, Tiny Times II (that was fast), and Saving Mother Robot. Enjoy, China!