‘Interstellar’ Is Christopher Nolan’s Best Debut In China Box Office Even Without 3D Format; Second Best For Warner Bros. After ‘Pacific Rim’

“Interstellar” made it past the $300 million mark at the global box office this weekend, thanks to Chinese audiences.

“Interstellar” marks director Christopher Nolan’s best debut in the China box office and the second best debut for Warner Bros since “Pacific Rim” premiered in 2013, which is surprising considering “Interstellar” is not shown in 3D.

According to Variety, Christopher Nolan’s space exploration epic flick earned a “massive” $42 million in China, making it the director’s strongest opening in China and Warner Bros.’ second best debut after 2013′s “Pacific Rim.” This is quite a feat, especially since “Interstellar” is not being shown in  3D , “a format that is almost a prerequisite for American films that gain entry into the fiercely protectionist country,” the publication notes.

“Interstellar” shot to $106 million overseas, which brings it total to $321.9 million after two weeks of release.

Other countries that helped the global box office reach $300 million for “Interstellar” this weekend include Korea, the UK, and Russia: Korea with $15.8 million, the United Kingdom with $6 million, and Russia with $5.3 million.

Forbes reports that these earnings basically doubled the film’s budget in just under two weeks of worldwide play.

“Interstellar’s” competition for Chinese audiences this weekend included DreamWorks Animation “Penguins of Madagascar,” an animated spin-off that doesn’t reach U.S.

theaters until November 26.

In China, it finished second at the box office, earning $11.3 million.

Meanwhile, Christopher Nolan has recently spoken up about the sound controversy in “Interstellar.” According to The Hollywood Reporter , some  viewers have complained  about the movie’s sound, claiming some important dialogue is difficult to hear due to the background music or sound levels.

Audiences have raised questions about who to blame: is it the fault of the sound mix or the sound systems in some of the theaters where the film is playing? But Christopher Nolan told THR that the movie’s sound is exactly as he intended and he praised theaters for presenting it correctly.

“I’ve always loved films that approach sound in an impressionistic way and that is an unusual approach for a mainstream blockbuster, but I feel it’s the right approach for this experiential film,” Nolan said.

“Many of the filmmakers I’ve admired over the years have used sound in bold and adventurous ways,” the director added.

“I don’t agree with the idea that you can only achieve clarity through dialogue.

Clarity of story, clarity of emotions – I  try to achieve that in a very layered way using all the different things at my disposal – picture and sound.”    

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