‘Hotel Transylvania 4,’ ‘Fantastic Beasts 3’ Scores China Release Date – The Hollywood Reporter
Hollywood franchises Hotel Transylvania: Transformania and Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore both got the green light for a theatrical release in China in April.
Given the past performances of the two franchises, typically from Beijing regulators would equate to tens of millions in revenue for both films, but the circumstances surrounding the release of each title for see different earnings trajectories.
Sony’s Hotel Transylvania: TransformaniaThe fourth film in the animated series, will release in China on April 3. Hotel Transylvania 3 made $32.7 million in China in 2018, based on Hotel Transylvania 2grossed $17.3 million in 2015. But the latest film will open in China a few months after being released online in multiple territories with Amazon Prime Video support. The streaming service acquired the film from Sony Pictures for most markets at the height of the pandemic in August 2021 for $100 million. Previous Hollywood theatrical films that have been released online due to the pandemic in North America have disappointed their earnings in China, after many consumers turned to quality pirate copies. High quality, widely sold. Work at Transylvania 4Favorably, April 3 dating comes right before the Chinese Qingming holiday on April 5, which is usually a high-earning time.
Overall, Warner Bros’ Dumbledore’s Secrets However, there seems to be a better position for a large Chinese corporation. The April 8 release date in China falls on the same day and date as the UK and a week ahead of North America on April 15. Also, there’s an abundance of love for the Harry Potter universe in China, this helped fuel the prequel series. Amazing Beasts and Where to Find Them earned $86 million in 2016 and Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald grossed $57.3 million in 2018. The Wizarding World of Harry Potter attraction at Universal Studios Beijing has also been a fan favorite on social media since the park’s launch last year.
David Yates returns to direct the new film, having previously directed the first two seasons. Yates also directed the last four films in Harry Potter Franchising. Dumbledore’s Secret stars Jude Law as Dumbledore, Eddie Redmayne as Newt Scamander, and Mads Mikkelsen as the central villain, Gellert Grindelwald, previously played by Johnny Depp. Dan Fogler, Alison Sudol, Ezra Miller, Callum Turner, Jessica Williams, William Nadylam and Katherine Waterston also star.
The number of Hollywood movies released in China is on a downward trend amid trade and geopolitical tensions between Washington and Beijing. The last five major Marvel films, formerly Hollywood’s most popular franchise in China, have been denied release dates. Two upcoming audiences – Tom Holland plays the lead role of Sony Not detected yet, opening March 14; and Warner Bros’ Batmanrelease on March 18 – will seek to reverse the trend of falling Hollywood earnings in the country as they take place there in the coming weeks.