After Sony's runaway success in China with Venom, the studio has secured a release there for its next superhero film, Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse.
The animated crossover film will open in China on Dec. 21, one week after its wide release in most other territories including North America.
Earlier this year, China had restricted the influx of Hollywood films into the country in an effort to better position and promote domestic films at the box office. After six weeks of declining box office returns and theater attendance, the Chinese government reversed the policy with Venom and Aquaman being among the first American films confirmed for release in the country.
Since then, Chinese audiences have returned to theaters in droves with Venom going on to become the third highest earning superhero film in the country of all time, earning well over $200 million at the Chinese box office and counting. With China becoming a major market for previous films including Venom and last year's Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle, Sony is looking to continue its success in the East Asian growth market.
Directed by Bob Persichetti, Peter Ramsey, and Rodney Rothman, Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse stars Shameik Moore, Brian Tyree Henry, Jake Johnson, Mahershala Ali, Hailee Steinfeld, Liev Schreiber, Luna Lauren Velez, Lily Tomlin, Nicolas Cage, John Mulaney and Kimiko Glenn. The film opens on December 14.