Despicable Me 2 opened in China eight months after its North American premiere to a strong $14.4 million debut from 4,500 theaters. The final tally is above Universal's original $13.8 million estimate for the animated sequel. The strong opening weekend is even more notable since the original Despicable Me never received a theatrical release in the country.
The Minions claimed the biggest opening weekend for an animated film in China since ice Age: Continental Drift in 2012. In fact, Despicable Me 2 posted the third highest opening for an industry animated release behind Ice Age: Continental Drift ($19.4M) and Kung Fu Panda ($16.2M).
Despicable Me 2 has now passed Finding Nemo ($555.9M) and The Lion King ($564.7M) to become the fourth highest grossing animated film of all time overseas. Despicable Me 2 is currently #3 among highest grossing animated releases worldwide.
Personal Tailor slowed down to a $9,500 take across four screens in its fourth weekend in North America. The latest per-screen average for the film is $2,375. The film’s North American cume stands at $369,160.
Jackie Chan continues to rule the Chinese box office. Police Story 2013 retained the top spot in its second week with a $26.82 million take, registering over 4.1 million admissions throughout its 157,969 showings in the country. The action film has grossed a total of $72.31 million through two weeks in release.
Personal Tailor reached a major milestone in its third week after crossing the $100 million mark. Xiaogang Feng's film took in $18.52 million in its third week, reporting a $106.68 million cume. The film registered over 3.1 million admissions from 121,449 showings.
Romantic comedy Up in the Wind was the most successful of the week's new releases. A $9.37 million six-day debut puts the film in third place on the weekly top ten chart. Up in the Wind is followed by disaster flick As the Light Goes Out, which earned $5.44 million in its weekend opening. Legendary: Tomb of the Dragon rounds out the top half of the cahrt with a $4.65 million take from its first days of release.
Olympus Has Fallen completed its first full week of release with $4.55 million, bringing the action film to a $5.82 million cume in China. Mortal Instruments: City of Bones adds China to its long list of disappointing markets after taking $2.56 million in its opening weekend.
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Data courtesy of Entgroup.