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.

'Despicable Me 2' Reaches $33.5M in China on January 21, 2014

Despicable Me 2 posted a strong hold in China as it added $8.4 million from 4,500 dates to its running total, a 37% dip from its opening weekend. This brings the 11-day total for the animated sequel to $33.5 million.

Despicable Me 2 has already passed the lifetime total of Monsters University in China ($32.6M) after two weekends in the market. It is currently the seventh highest grossing animated import of all time in China.

CHINA: 'Despicable Me 2' Takes #1 with Strong Opening Numbers on January 14, 2014

despicable_me_2_china.jpgA $15.37 million debut launched Despicable Me 2 to the top of the box office chart in China. It took eight months for the film to premiere in the world's second biggest box office market, and it did so without the benefit of having its predecessor, Despicable Me, receive a theatrical release in the country.

Universal had originally estimated a $13.8 opening for Despicable Me 2. The number was revised to $14.4 million by Monday before data from consulting firm Entgroup confirmed a $15.37 million. This makes Despicable Me 2 the third biggest animated opener of all time in China behind Ice Age: Continental Drift ($19.4M) and Kung Fu Panda ($16.2M).

Ender's Game finished its first week in release with a $10.96 million bow. The Chinese premiere pushed the film's box office past the $100 million global mark; an important milestone for a film that was never able to take off in North America, ending its theatrical run in its home market with $61.7 million.

Police Story 2013 slipped down to third place after two consecutive weeks on top of the chart. The Jackie Chan film added $8 million to its tally in order to reach an $81.17 million total. Personal Tailor took $5.25 million from its fourth frame to bring its Chinese cume up to $112.54 million.

The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones finished its second week in the bottom half of the table with a $1.6 million hold. The film has grossed a total of $4.26 million in China.

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Data courtesy of Entgroup.

'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. 

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