Star Wars Breaks Chinese Box Office Records:
>3rd highest opening
That's not how you break a record, dumbass
Both Titanic and Avatar were released twice, padding there numbers. Disney can't do that with TFA because it would compete with they're own upcoming films.
Thus is the genius of James Cameron.
Films need to be very successful to be re-released in the first place, Gone With The Wind got re-released again and again for years because it was so damn popular.
So if anything it's further proof of box office success, not a cheat.
Yes. A New Hope only had a premiere there this year, and met an icy reception. It just doesn't have the cultural foothold in China that it has in America, Europe, Japan, etc.
If you want to see a legitimate cultural phenomenon travel from West to East, you need to see how China reacted to the Iron Man films. For some reason Tony Stark and his armoured suit really, REALLY struck a chord with them, especially in Hong Kong.
It needs over a billion more to bear Avatar
They really love robots and powered mechs. Just look at how well Pacific Rim did over there.
If the idiots at Disney hadn't torched the old Star Wars EU down to the ground for featuring too many white male protagonists, they could have filled this new film with cool shit like Darktroopers that would have really appealed to the Asian market.