Sherlock: The Abominable Bride leads Chinese box office on its opening day

sherlock the abominable bride chinese box office
Robert Viglasky/BBC
Sherlock‘s Christmas special is a unique episode in a lot of ways, namely with its unexplained transplant into the Victorian era and its theatrical release in multiple countries. Nonetheless, fans have shown their usual enthusiasm so far. The Abominable Bride led the box office on its opening day in China Monday, bringing in $5.39 million, according to Deadline.

Sherlock Holmes wasn’t the only crime-solver at the box office when it debuted. The film was up against another mystery, Detective Chinatown, a Chinese comedy about a duo trying to crack a murder case, which garnered a respectable $5.01 million on Monday. The Abominable Bride‘s opening coincided with the sixth day Detective Chinatown‘s theatrical run.

Of course, The Abominable Bride has the benefit of being part of a wildly popular TV series. Sherlock has aired three seasons so far, with a fourth still to come. The Victorian special comes almost two years after the show’s season-three finale, but is welcome to fans, who are expected to have to wait until 2017 for season four.

Benedict Cumberbatch, who plays unconventional detective Sherlock Holmes, previously discussed the global appeal of the series with the BBC. “I think [the show’s success is] to do with Conan Doyle’s extraordinary invention, which has a universal appeal to all nationalities,” he said. “This is a man who’s an outsider, who’s intelligent, who doesn’t tolerate mediocrity, who is incredibly efficient, but also has his weaknesses and comeuppances.”

Fans in the U.S. and U.K. had a chance to view the special episode on television prior to the theatrical release, but it remains to be seen how the film will fare at the country’s respective box offices. In the U.K., interest in Friday’s BBC 1 broadcast, however, was apparent, with a 8.4 million viewers tuning in, according to The Guardian. U.S. ratings have not been released, at the time of publishing.

The Abominable Bride opened in U.S. theaters on Tuesday, January 5.


‘Lego Movie 2’ wins the box office amid slow start for 2019

The slow start to 2019 continued, but animated sequel The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part still won its opening weekend, holding off challenges from several other new releases to become the highest-grossing film of the three-day span.
Movies & TV

J.J. Abrams wraps production on Star Wars: Episode IX with a heartfelt message

Star Wars: The Force Awakens director J.J. Abrams has wrapped production on Star Wars: Episode IX, which he directed and co-wrote. Here's everything we know about the movie before it premieres in December 2019.
Movies & TV

The truth is out there: Here are the 10 best episodes of ‘The X-Files’

From alien-abduction drama to hilarious satires, these are the best episodes of The X-Files from all 11 seasons of the award-winning series that made audiences want to believe that the truth - scary as it might be - is out there.
Movies & TV

'Prime'-time TV: Here are the best shows on Amazon Prime right now

There's more to Amazon Prime than free two-day shipping, including access to a number of phenomenal shows at no extra cost. To make the sifting easier, here are our favorite shows currently streaming on Amazon Prime.
Movies & TV

Did I really watch that? Here's how to delete your Netflix viewing history

Everybody has some skeletons in their streaming closet, but you don't have to live with them if you don't want to. Learning how to delete your Netflix viewing history is easy, and we're here to help.
Movies & TV

From Roma to Isle of Dogs: Here’s where to watch 2019’s Oscar nominees online

The 2019 Oscar field is a strong one, and if you missed some of the films in theaters, you may be in luck: Several of them are available on popular streaming services like Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, Hulu, and HBO.
Movies & TV

You should read these epic sci-fi novels before they become blockbuster films

You can get ahead of the next crop of science-fiction movies coming out of Hollywood by picking up the books that inspired them. We compiled a list of books you can add to your reading list now to get a glimpse of the future.
Home Theater

Cutting the cord? Let us help you find the best service for live TV streaming

There's a long list of live TV streaming services available to help you cut the cord and replace your traditional TV subscription. Each is different in important ways, and this guide will help you find the best one for you.
Home Theater

Here's how to turn off subtitles on Netflix, no matter the device

Subtitles are great if you want or need them, but they can be a major headache if you’ve somehow turned them on by accident and can’t figure out how to get rid of them. Don't worry, it's not as complicated as it seems.
Home Theater

Everything to know about Sling TV: Channels, pricing, and more

Sling TV has grown a great deal since its launch. Now there are more channels and more packages to chose from, with prices to match, and more is being added all the time. Everything you need to know is right here.
Movies & TV

Oscar Effects

Every year, five films are nominated for an Academy Award in the “Visual Effects” category. Each of the projects nominated this year offer a unique, inside look at the amazing tricks filmmakers and their talented effects teams use to…
Movies & TV

Eye-popping Alita: Battle Angel delivers a beautifully hollow cyberpunk spectacle

With Alita: Battle Angel, Robert Rodriguez and James Cameron finally deliver a cyberpunk adventure that keeps the action high with groundbreaking visual effects, even when the story falls short.
Home Theater

ATSC 3.0: The next-gen TV update explained

ATSC 3.0 is the next major update to the broadcast standard we use today. Will this be the second coming of free, over-the-air TV? We're here to explain everything about the new standard.
Movies & TV

Ben Affleck explains why he is no longer working on The Batman

Warner Bros. Pictures' The Batman will come out in June 2021, but it needs a new star. Ben Affleck has confirmed he's hanging up the cape and cowl once and for all and explained why on Jimmy Kimmel Live!