Saban’s Power Rangers movie is officially coming to China on May 12!
For months, the notion of Power Rangers releasing in China was strongly in doubt, due to China only accepting a limited number of foreign film releases per year (with the precedent going to movies filmed in IMAX or 3D). But Saban’s Power Rangers movie has been accepted, via Variety, and will hit China this May.
For Power Rangers, this is a major victory that cannot be understated. China is one of the largest economies in the world that will help generate millions in revenue for the Power Rangers movie.
And while Lionsgate sold off the rights to distribute the film internationally (as they did for The Hunger Games), this will help give Power Rangers a major overseas boost after its poor $18 million international opening weekend in 62 countries – thus increasing the likelihood that foreign distributors would have the desire to pay for a sequel down the road.
Other recent movies in the same genre, such as Pacific Rim, generated over $111 million in China alone. And with Power Rangers being a worldwide property deriving from a product with strong Asian roots in Super Sentai, there exists a good chance that China will welcome the Power Rangers movie with open arms.
Saban’s Power Rangers will hit China one week after Guardians of the Galaxy: Volume 2, and on the same weekend as King Arthur: Legend of the Sword.
Fans can check out China’s official poster below, which will be distributed throughout the country by TIK Films.