Guillermo del Toro's "Pacific Rim" posted a record-breaking $9 million opening in China on Wednesday, the biggest first-day ever in the republic for Warner Bros.
That's even ahead of the $7 million taken in by "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2" in 2011.
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A strong showing in China and overseas in general is critical if the Legendary Pictures and Warner Bros.' giant robots-and-monsters epic is to recoup its $180 million production budget, since it is struggling to hit $100 million domestically with $86 million after three weeks.
Overseas has been a different story, however. "Pacific Rim" has taken in more than $140 million so far and could go as high as $300 million. It is opening in Spain and Japan as well as China this weekend, and in Brazil on Aug. 9.
Any hope for a sequel likely hinge on its international performance, as well.