We have a bad news for the fans hoping for a box office success of Transformers: Bumblebee in China.
Aquaman has just been granted an extension of theatrical release in the mainland.
Typically, the Chinese government only grants permission to showcase a foreign movie for 30 days. However, this can be extended for another month if requested. The regulators would look into the request and extend the run for another 30 days.
Aquaman was supposed to end next week and allow Bumblebee to reign from 4th January to 2nd February, 2019. However, Warner Bros. requested for another 30 days and it has been approved; throwing a wrench at the box office revenue of the latest Transformers movie.
This announcement couldn’t have come at a worse time since Bumblebee was hoping to be the movie of the 2019 Chinese New Year holidays (early February).
The James Wan-directed “Aquaman” opened in China on December 7, two weeks before it hit U.S. theaters. As of Wednesday, it has raked in a whopping $246 million in the country — more than 40% of its global total to date. Although it was overtaken by “Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse” at the weekend, “Aquaman” has since bounced back to the top of the chart and 20 days into its China run, it is still bringing in more than $2.5 million a day.