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The Predator Debuts in China With $20.7 Million

The Predator saw it’s last major release last Friday, releasing in China on the 26th of October. Shane Black and Fred Dekker’s sequel topped the Chinese box office, marking the first time an American film has topped the Chinese charts in nearly two months.

While it may have debuted at number 1, it only took in $20.7 million (which according to Hollywood Reporter was actually above estimates of $18.1 million). This tips the film’s foreign takings over the 100 million mark, with it being just shy of 119 million.

Taking in The Predator’s domestic total, the current box office earnings now sit just short of 170 million worldwide against a reported budget of $88 million. How much Fox spent on marketing is currently unknown, though.

 The Predator Debuts in China With .7 Million

It looks like the general audience in China are also reacting to The Predator in the same way as the Western audiences. The Predator currently sits at 5.2 on Douban,(the Chinese equivalent to IMDB) compared to IMDB‘s score of 5.9. The Predator currently holds 32% on Rotten Tomato, with the aggregators’ own audience score being 43%.

Predators didn’t release in China but Alien: Covenant did. Covenant opened to $28 million and went on to take $45.4 million for its Chinese run. Prometheus banked $34 million for it’s Chinese release.

As with Alien: Covenant, The Predator wasn’t exactly a financial failure but it also didn’t perform particularly well. It certainly didn’t end up being the big “event movie” that Shane Black spoke of back in 2016.  I personally wouldn’t expect to see those sequels that John Davis spoke of and the franchise’s fate under Disney ownership is also unknown at this point.

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  1. Huggs
    Well yes in fact, there is a sophistication to Alien as well as a sense of majesty, so it should be a bit more high brow.

    Did you sip on your Red whilst typing this.

    Majestic beasts!

    https://d13ezvd6yrslxm.cloudfront.net/wp/wp-content/images/alien_vs_predator_car_attack.thumbnail.jpg

    There's nothing wrong with carpooling. We all gotta get to work somehow.
  2. Perfect-Organism
    Well yes in fact, there is a sophistication to Alien as well as a sense of majesty, so it should be a bit more high brow.

    Sophistication, and love. ♡

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    You make a good case for removing the film from canon.
  3. SiL
    I can't agree, and TBH to a degree I don't want to.  :laugh:
    Put AvP's $40-$50ish million into a smaller scale movie without the attempt at globe-trotting spectacle and why not?

    Alien had a good budget at the time, but Aliens had a very tight budget for what they were trying to do. A creative team and a good story that works within the confines of the budget could produce brilliant results.
  4. Voodoo Magic
    Ex Machina's not a viable comparison, MOON would be more so- but that only has two-ish people and no monster.
    & The original Alien wasn't even inexpensive for the time and it's essential what you're describing.

    Even though the Alien Universe has synthetics, I didn't bring Ex Machina up as a direct correlation to Alien, other than to marvel at what they were able to accomplish for 15 Million dollars including wonderful cgi effects.  (And Alien obviously would mostly require practical effects).



    I always wondered how an Alien movie would do now, if you used the same design style as the original. I think it would fly. People are lapping up the 80's retro at the minute.

    Indeed!
  5. The Old One
    It would be bloody fantastic to see IMO.
    People loved it in Isolation, and even items were described as chunky and retro in TCF.
    The retrofuturism in general reminds people of Alien and Blade Runner.
  6. Highland
    I always wondered how an Alien movie would do now, if you used the same design style as the original. I think it would fly. People are lapping up the 80's retro at the minute.
  7. The Old One
    Ex Machina's not a viable comparison, MOON would be more so- but that only has two-ish people and no monster.
    & The original Alien wasn't even inexpensive for the time and it's essentially what you're describing.
  8. Voodoo Magic
    Fair enough on cheap/inexpensive.

    I disagree.

    You just need a genuinely good story (Alien, Aliens, Vincent Ward's A3, The Cold Forge, Isolation)
    and good marketing (Prometheus).

    Yes you need a good story, but you can also make that great story into a great looking movie without an inflated budget.  Practical claustrophobic interior spacecraft set building won't inflate your budget. And after watching the fantastic special effects created in low budget movies like Ex Machina (15 Million budget), I have the utmost confidence a great Alien film can be made with, let's say, 40 Million dollars!

    Side note on Prometheus: I was very suprised when two separate people revealed to me they saw that movie without any idea it actually tied into Alien. I was taken aback when I first learned that. I guess I was just too close to the property. But yeah, going back to the fantastic trailer shown in theaters, it never wore Alien on it's sleeve.  It just looked like a fantastic sci-fi film!  Such a great trailer!

  9. SiL
    You can do an Alien film inexpensively, still set in space, with good effects. You just need a story to accommodate it.

    Hell, look at AvP. For all that film's failings, the sets don't look cheap.
  10. Voodoo Magic
    "Cheap" is a word that seems to carry a connotation of poor quality.  So replace that word in your rebuttal with the word "inexpensive".

    Inexpensive horror films.

    Alien doesn't do inexpensive.


    Well for Alien fans, they better bloody well better, because otherwise at this declining rate, Alien films will be a thing of the past (unless they plan on bringing Sigourney Weaver back).
  11. Xiggz456
    Not strictly related to The Predator but still interesting and pretty on the mark - https://www.forbes.com/sites/scottmendelson/2018/10/29/box-office-why-halloween-succeeded-where-blade-runner-and-ghostbusters-failed/

    Dead on. Fox gambled Big with this one and got good numbers for a Predator film, but not so good numbers for an $88 million dollar movie. The fan film Dark Ages showed us that a solid Predator movie could be made on the cheap. I’d be okay with Blumhouse taking a shot at Predator or Alien for that matter.
  12. Huggs
    John Wick only grossed $88 Million worldwide. That doesn't sound great at all, until we learn it only cost $20 Million to make. That's why we got a Chapter 2, with a third film on the way.

    Budgets aside, John Wick is also the new kid on the block, and he's got a lot of shiny toys. Just the gun-fu angle alone has the kids going crazy, R-rating or not. It's new, it's popular, and it has style. It clicks with teenagers, gun guys, action fanatics, etc. I'd dare say it has a much bigger market at this time than Predator.


    I definitely hear you, yet "John Wick: Chapter 2" finished last year at 171 Million Worldwide and "The Predator" will finish at the same number this year, sooooo....  ;)

    Predators only made around 127mil and it was made for 40 mil. Not a bad return, but it's only 127mil worth of movie tickets. And after what happened to Covenant, they should have anticipated a more realistic demand for this film, and the budget should've reflected it. But there's always a chance they thought that because the director of Ironman 3 was helming it, and there was going to be copious amounts of the high-school humor studios seem to think is necessary in order to get anyone to watch these days, that it would be a smash hit.

    The mistake was made when it left paper. It was a bad idea, and one for a franchise with less than the highest demand. Why nobody in charge could foresee it, is beyond me.
  13. Voodoo Magic
    John Wick only grossed $88 Million worldwide. That doesn't sound great at all, until we learn it only cost $20 Million to make. That's why we got a Chapter 2, with a third film on the way.

    Budgets aside, John Wick is also the new kid on the block, and he's got a lot of shiny toys. Just the gun-fu angle alone has the kids going crazy, R-rating or not. It's new, it's popular, and it has style. It clicks with teenagers, gun guys, action fanatics, etc. I'd dare say it has a much bigger market at this time than Predator.

    I definitely hear you, yet "John Wick: Chapter 2" finished last year at 171 Million Worldwide and "The Predator" will finish at the same number this year, sooooo....  ;)

    Well written and filmed, Predator can definitely survive, even thrive in a slasher franchise model. I just wish Blumhouse owned the property!
  14. Huggs
    John Wick only grossed $88 Million worldwide. That doesn't sound great at all, until we learn it only cost $20 Million to make. That's why we got a Chapter 2, with a third film on the way.

    Budgets aside, John Wick is also the new kid on the block, and he's got a lot of shiny toys. Just the gun-fu angle alone has the kids going crazy, R-rating or not. It's new, it's popular, and it has style. It clicks with teenagers, gun guys, action fanatics, etc. I'd dare say it has a much bigger market at this time than Predator.
  15. Voodoo Magic
    It's all relative to cost.

    John Wick only grossed $88 Million worldwide. That doesn't sound great at all, until we learn it only cost $20 Million to make. That's why we got a Chapter 2, with a third film on the way.

    So Predator will be fine if they just bring the budget down. More stories on Earth can be made cheaply enough.  Even if the film went off-world, other worldly desert, jungle, and mountain terrain can be found by a crafty director without set creation (although the sets created in some cheap fan films have been very impressive).
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