Christopher Nolan Jetting to China to Support ‘Dunkirk’
Art and Experience: The director has a strong following in China, where his critically acclaimed WWII drama will look to extend its global winning streak.
Dunkirk director Christopher Nolan is headed to China.
The filmmaker is set to visit Beijing in support of his critically acclaimed WWII drama later this month. Rumors of Nolan’s visit were met with considerable fan excitement as word spread across Chinese social media earlier this week. Warner Bros. confirmed the plans to THR Wednesday.
Nolan will participate in a press conference in the Chinese capital on Aug. 21, followed by the local premiere of Dunkirk on Aug. 22. It will be the British filmmaker’s first trip to Beijing, although past promotional tours for his films have taken him to other parts of China.
Nolan has a solid track record in the Middle Kingdom. All of the films from his diverse oeuvre to be released there have performed well, with their steady gains roughly tracking the growth of the Chinese theatrical market overall. Interstellar (2014) earned $122 million in China; The Dark Knight Rises pulled in $53 million (despite being scheduled by Beijing regulators head-to-head with The Amazing Spider-Man); and Inception (2010) took $68 million.
To date, Dunkirk has earned $156.3 million in North America and $210.5 million overseas for a worldwide total of $366.8 million. The only international markets remaining for the title are China and Japan, the world’s second- and third-largest box-office territories.
Dunkirk opens wide in China on Sept. 1, followed by Japan on Sept. 9.