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CHINA: 'Boonie Bears' Beat 'Despicable Me 2' on January 29, 2014

BoonieBears.jpgBoonie Bears bumped the Minions during the Chinese animated film's first full week at the box office. The Bears grossed $13.27 million over 139,092 screenings in the last week, registering over 2 million admissions in China. The strong weekly gross lifted the Bears to a $29.75 million total in the film's home market. Despicable Me 2 put up a strong fight in its second full week, adding $12.09 million in its latest frame to bring its Chinese tally up to $36.26 million.

Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit continued to be the highest grossing live action film in China during its second weekend in release. The action film grossed $11.64 million across its 137,400 showings in its first full week on the market, registering over 2.1 million admissions. Jack Ryan has enjoyed moderate success in China despite not ranking above the #3 spot in its first two frames and is currently reporting a $21.38 million total in the country.

Ender's Game posted another mid-tabe finish in China with a $3.42 million hold to break the $20 million mark. The sci-fi flick has grossed a total of $20.97 million in China.

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Data courtesy of Entgroup.

BOX OFFICE: 'Boonie Bears' Passes 'Despicable Me 2' on January 28, 2014

Boonie Bears, a home-grown animated film, moved past Despicable Me to claim the top spot at the box office in China. Boonie Bears is up $29.8 million in China, while Despicable Me 2 boasts an impressive $46.3 million haul with room to grow.

Elsewhere in the top 10, Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit bumped its total to a solid $21.4 million.

Full top 10 chart coming later today...

CHINA: 'Despicable Me 2' Keeps #1 asAnimated Releases Battle for Box Office Crown on January 23, 2014

DM2Still.jpgDespicable Me 2 held on to the top spot in China in its first full week with a commanding $18.39 million hold. The animated sequel registered 3,021,241 admissions from 142,850 showings to reach a $33.92 million cume in the market.

Despicable Me 2 needed all the support it could get as it faced off against domestic animated release Boonie Bears over the weekend. The Bears claimed $16.2 million from the weekend and will count on the momentum to overtake the Minions in weekly grosses by next week. Another animated release, Meet the Pegasus, took a $7.45 million debut to finish its opening weekend in fourth place.

Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit was the top live action film in release after taking a $9.55 million opening weekend. Jack Ryan's 64,892 showings brought in 1,761,180 admissions over the weekend.

Ender's Game slid down to the mid-table spots with a $6.44 million hold in its second week. Ender has grossed a total of $17.47 million in China, not exactly a disappointment but far from the numbers it needed to change its box office woes around the world.

Jackie Chan's Police Story 2013 finished its fourth week with a $3.48 million take and reached $84.7 million. Personal Tailor capped its first full month of release with a $2.12 million hold to reach a $114.68 million cume.

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Data courtesy of Entgroup.

'Jack Ryan' Edges out Minions for #1 in China on January 21, 2014

Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit found a friendly welcome in China. The spy film took a $9.5 million debut from 4,000 screens to claim the #1 spot in the market. The thriller narrowly edged the $8.4 million performance from Despicable Me 2 in its first hold. Jack Ryan opened 123% above the Jack Reacher debut in China.

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