Legendary's 'Kong: Skull Island', Fox's 'Logan' Secure China Release Dates
'Logan' will open opposite Disney's 'Beauty and the Beast' on March 17, while 'Skull Island' will have the March 24 frame to itself.
Legendary Entertainment's Kong: Skull Island and 20th Century Fox's Logan have locked in March release dates in China, the world's No. 2 film market.
Logan is set to open in the Middle Kingdom on Friday, March 17, just two weeks after its North American debut, March 3. Skull Island will follow one week later, launching Friday, March 24 — also two weeks after its North American bow.
Legendary, now owned by Chinese conglomerate Dalian Wanda Group, has had recent releases that are among the top Hollywood performers in China. Duncan Jones' Warcraft was the third-biggest title of 2016, earning $221 million. The studio's high-profile U.S.-China co-production The Great Wall, starring Matt Damon, has earned over $170 million since its opening Dec. 16.
The Wolverine, the second and most recent installment in the Hugh Jackman-starring Marvel franchise, earned $40.6 million of its $415 million global haul in China in 2013.
China's film regulators typically set Hollywood releases some four to six weeks in advance. Other major upcoming China openings include: Vin Diesel's xXx: Return of Xander Cage and video game adaptation Assassin's Creed on Feb. 10; awards favorite La La Land on Feb. 14; Universal's animated musical Sing on Feb. 17; Lego Batman and A Dog’s Purpose on March 3; and Disney's live-action Beauty and the Beast reboot on March 17.