The projected opening day for Pacific Rim in China (Rmb 54.3m) set a new record for Warner Bros and scored the second biggest debut of a Hollywood release behind Iron Man 3 for the year-to-date.

Guillermo del Toro’s sci-fi epic debuted on Wednesday [31] on an estimated 5,700 digital 3D screens, 117 digital 3D Imax screens and 22 China Giant Screen sites.

Pacific Rim’s international box office continues to compensate for the disappointing run in North America. To date the film has grossed approximately $156m internationally and $242m worldwide.

The new opening day mark in China surpassed the previous best held by the Harry Potter finale by approximately 23%. Confirmed results from China Film are not expected until the close of business on Thursday.

Pacific Rim took 70% market share of the top five at the Chinese box office, grossing almost three times as much as that of the number two film Fast & Furious 6 in its sixth day of release.

The new release grossed roughly 12% more than Fast & Furious 6’s opening day [25] and approximately 50% more than that of Man Of Steel on Jun 20.

Warner Bros’ outgoing partner Legendary Entertainment financed the bulk of production. Studio executives had not confirmed sequel speculation at time of writing.