“How to Train Your Dragon 2″ will fly into a China next month, giving the animated sequel a crack at the world’s fastest growing movie market.
Chinese authorities have approved the DreamWorks Animation production for release on Aug. 14, a studio spokeswoman said.
China has demonstrated its box office muscle of late, propelling “Transformers: Age of Extinction” to record-setting heights. The giant robots adventure has pulled in s $262.6 million since hitting theaters last month, a new high-water mark that surpasses the film’s domestic gross. Overall, China’s box office has grown 22% through the first half of the year to $2.16 billion in ticket receipts.
DreamWorks Animation has made great efforts to enhance its relationships in China. The company is working on a $2.4 billion Shanghai entertainment complex and has also created Oriental DreamWorks, a joint venture with Chinese partners. “Kung Fu Panda 3″ will be released through that production entity.
“How to Train Your Dragon 2″ has debuted in most major territories and has earned more than $350 million worldwide.