'Despicable Me 2' Posts $14.4M Debut in China on January 13, 2014

dm2stills.JPGDespicable 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' Reaches $369k in North America on January 12, 2014

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.

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CHINA: Jackie Chan's 'Police Story 2013' Keeps the Top Spot on January 07, 2014

policestory2013.jpgJackie 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.

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