China Box Office: ‘Despicable Me 3’ Opening is Franchise High


Minions win! The delayed release of “Despicable Me 3” comfortably dominated the Chinese box office.  Over the weekend it ran off with $63.5 million according to Ent Group, a Chinese box office tracker, and $66 million according to Universal.


Those numbers were a record opening for an animated film in China and the fifth biggest opening weekend of any film in China this year. It was also the biggest animated opening in China for IMAX. The film earned $4 million of its weekend total from 417 IMAX screens in China.


The score was achieved on some 97,000 screenings on Friday. That total expanded to 115,000 on both Saturday and Sunday.


The weekend total is also bigger than the lifetime score achieved by “Despicable Me 2,” which was the first film in the franchise to be released in China.


Second place belonged to the strongest of a large bunch of Chinese-made new releases. Horror franchise movie, “The House That Never Dies II” scored $20.8 million in four days, having been released on Thursday. But, having played some 55,000 screenings per day, its per screen average was less than half that of “Despicable Me 3.” Comedy romance, “The One” took third spot with $9.21 million in three days .

Written By: Tommy Lightfoot Garrett
Photographs are Courtesy: Universal Pictures
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