Minion Mania Continues as DM2 Dominates China's Box Office

Universal Pictures' Despicable Me 2 had a huge opening in China this weekend. It was the No. 1 film, grossing $14.4M at 4,500 dates.

This result is particularly remarkable given DM2’s opening in China is seven months after its global theatrical release and it is wholly original in the country given Despicable Me did not get released in China.

Despicable Me 2 had the biggest opening weekend for an animated film in China since Ice Age: Continental Drift in 2012. It is bigger than all of last year’s animated hits including Monsters University ($13.2M), The Croods ($6.4M) and Smurfs 2 ($10.1M).

DM2’s opening is the 3rd biggest animated film opening in China (regular screens and IMAX screens) behind only Kung Fu Panda ($16.2M) and Ice Age: Continental Drift ($19.4M). The international total is $567.1M. DM2 just passed Finding Nemo ($555.9M) and The Lion King ($564.7M) to become the 4th highest grossing animated film of all time internationally.

Already the highest-grossing animated feature of 2013 with a worldwide total of $935.8 million and counting, Despicable Me 2 will pass Finding Nemo today to become the third highest-grossing animated film of all time worldwide.