‘Civil War’ Secures China Theatrical Release; First For An A24 Production

Alex Garland’s Civil War has been set for a June 7 theatrical release date in China. This marks the first time an A24 production will officially hit cinemas there. The dystopian thriller was acquired by Huahua Media in the market with Alibaba set to partner on the local release. 

After world premiering at SXSW, Civil War opened in North America in April, scoring an A24 best launch of $25.7M and going on to cross $100M global within its first month. Throughout its overseas run, it has opened to No. 1 in several key markets including Brazil, France and Spain. The total worldwide gross through Sunday was $108.9M including $43.7M from the international box office.

Starring Kirsten Dunst, Cailee Spaeny, Nick Offerman, Stephen Henderson and Wagner Moura, Garland’s film is a journey across a dystopian future America and follows a team of military-embedded journalists as they race against time to reach Washington DC before rebel factions descend upon the White House.

Chinese audiences have grown increasingly fickle on U.S. films as tastes turn more towards local fare. However, some recent tentpole titles have broken through including Godzilla x Kong: The New Empire. Among the studio movies due in the next months are Disney/Pixar’s Inside Out on June 21 and Illumination/Universal’s Despicable Me 4 on July 12.

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