You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

‘Despicable Me 2’ Opening No. 1 in China with $13.8 Million

Despicable Me 2” bows in China this weekend heading for first place with an expected roughly $13.8 million.

The Universal-Illumination toon opened Friday to $4 million at 3,000 locations, 141 of which were Imax screens. This bow comes seven months after the worldwide release of the film and beats similar 2013 bows “Monsters University” ($13.2 million), “The Croods” ($6.4 million) and “The Smurfs 2” ($10.1 million).

The numbers are particularly interesting given the film’s predecessor, 2010’s “Despicable Me,” never opened in China.

The bow comes just one week after China’s film bureau announced that 2013 represented a 28% uptick in box office gross over 2012, making it the second largest worldwide market after North America with $3.53 billion in annual sales.

The weekend estimate will bring the film’s worldwide total to $935 million, the fourth highest on record for an animated film after “Toy Story 3” ($1.06 billion), “The Lion King” ($987.5 million) and “Finding Nemo” ($936.7 million).

More Film

  • Justice League

    Box Office: 'Justice League' Stalls with $94 Million Opening Weekend

    “Despicable Me 2” bows in China this weekend heading for first place with an expected roughly $13.8 million. The Universal-Illumination toon opened Friday to $4 million at 3,000 locations, 141 of which were Imax screens. This bow comes seven months after the worldwide release of the film and beats similar 2013 bows “Monsters University” ($13.2 […]

  • 12th and Clairmount Movie Review

    Film Review: '12th and Clairmount'

    “Despicable Me 2” bows in China this weekend heading for first place with an expected roughly $13.8 million. The Universal-Illumination toon opened Friday to $4 million at 3,000 locations, 141 of which were Imax screens. This bow comes seven months after the worldwide release of the film and beats similar 2013 bows “Monsters University” ($13.2 […]

  • Sam Rockwell

    Film News Roundup: Palm Springs Festival Honors Sam Rockwell for 'Three Billboards'

    “Despicable Me 2” bows in China this weekend heading for first place with an expected roughly $13.8 million. The Universal-Illumination toon opened Friday to $4 million at 3,000 locations, 141 of which were Imax screens. This bow comes seven months after the worldwide release of the film and beats similar 2013 bows “Monsters University” ($13.2 […]

  • Project Runway

    Weinstein Co. Feeling Pressure to Find a Buyer (EXCLUSIVE)

    “Despicable Me 2” bows in China this weekend heading for first place with an expected roughly $13.8 million. The Universal-Illumination toon opened Friday to $4 million at 3,000 locations, 141 of which were Imax screens. This bow comes seven months after the worldwide release of the film and beats similar 2013 bows “Monsters University” ($13.2 […]

  • Terminator 2: Judgment Day review

    'Terminator' Writing Team Adds Billy Ray to Put Final Polish on Script

    “Despicable Me 2” bows in China this weekend heading for first place with an expected roughly $13.8 million. The Universal-Illumination toon opened Friday to $4 million at 3,000 locations, 141 of which were Imax screens. This bow comes seven months after the worldwide release of the film and beats similar 2013 bows “Monsters University” ($13.2 […]

  • Josh Hartnett, Margarita Levieva Starring in

    Josh Hartnett, Margarita Levieva Starring in Thriller 'Inherit the Viper'

    “Despicable Me 2” bows in China this weekend heading for first place with an expected roughly $13.8 million. The Universal-Illumination toon opened Friday to $4 million at 3,000 locations, 141 of which were Imax screens. This bow comes seven months after the worldwide release of the film and beats similar 2013 bows “Monsters University” ($13.2 […]

  • Mahershala Ali Burn

    Mahershala Ali to Star in, Executive Produce Crime Thriller 'Burn'

    “Despicable Me 2” bows in China this weekend heading for first place with an expected roughly $13.8 million. The Universal-Illumination toon opened Friday to $4 million at 3,000 locations, 141 of which were Imax screens. This bow comes seven months after the worldwide release of the film and beats similar 2013 bows “Monsters University” ($13.2 […]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content