Kung Fu Panda 3 easily topped the North American box office with an estimated $41 million debut, even while it came in on the lower end of expectations for DreamWorks Animation and behind the $47.7 million launch of Kung Fu Panda 2 five years ago.
China was a different story, where Kung Fu Panda 3 opened to a spectacular $58.3 million over the weekend, the biggest launch of all time for an animated film there (comparisons are tough, since movies open on different days). Panda was produced by DWA and Oriental DreamWorks, with backing from the China Film Group.
The pic is the first major U.S.-China co-production, as well as the first major Hollywood release to open simultaneously in North America and in the Middle Kingdom.
Kung Fu Panda 3 earned a total of $75.7 million internationally from a handful of markets, including China, for a global bow of $116.7 million. In China, Minions previously held the record for top animated opening with an eight-day haul of $50 million. Panda, which opened Friday, accomplished the feat in three days. South Korea also turned in an outstanding $11.4 million, followed by Russia with $5.1 million.
|Kung Fu Panda 3||$41M||$41M||10,367||1|
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|The 5th Wave||$7M||$20.1M||2407||2|
|Fifty Shades of Black||$6.1M||$6.2M||2982||1|
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