Box Office: ‘Monster Hunt’ Becomes Top-Grossing Chinese Film in History

'Monster Hunt' Box Office: Film Becomes
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Monster Hunt” topped the foreign box office this weekend, picking up $46 million as it shattered records to become the top-grossing Chinese film ever.

The fantasy film from “Shrek” creator Raman Hui features a set of outlandish creatures that look like the offspring of Casper the Friendly Ghost and a Chia Pet, and has earned $211 million in two weeks of release. That massive haul pushes it past “Lost in Thailand,” the previous Chinese-language record holder. “Furious 7” is still the highest-grossing film in the country, having made nearly $400 million.

In second place, Universal and Illumination Entertainment’s “Minions” continued to be a global force, adding $44 million to its $759.4 million worldwide haul. The picture is now in 60 territories, having opened in first place in Peru and Portugal to the tune of $1.9 million and $1.2 million, respectively. It has seven more territories left to open, the most significant of which are Korea on July 29, Japan on July 31 and China on Sept. 13.

Disney and Marvel’s “Ant-Man” showed that the comicbook company continues to display a talent for fielding films with international appeal. The superhero movie took in $35.3 million from 61 territories after opening in several significant locations such as Germany and Spain. It has debuted in 61% of the international territories where it will screen, but still has Italy, Korea, Japan and China on deck. Domestically, “Ant-Man” topped charts for a second consecutive weekend, earning $24.8 million. Its worldwide total stands at $226.5 million.

Fourth and fifth positions on the chart went to Disney and Pixar’s “Inside Out” with $28.3 million and the Chinese comedy “Pancake Man” with $25 million. “Inside Out’s” global haul stands at $550.1 million, while “Pancake Man” has earned $132 million.

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  1. Considering Hollyweird is a wasteland of remakes, and remakes of remakes of remakes coughSpidermancough, and sequels, and lowest common denominator “blockheadbusters”, expect to see more and more originality coming from the rest of the world.

  2. I’m sure the notion that Raman Hui is the “creator” of Shrek will come as big news to the estate of William Steig, the children’s book author who was the actual creator of Shrek. Per IMDB, Raman Hui has various credits on the Shrek movies, including animator and character designer and co-director of SHREK 3, but it’s quite a stretch to call him “Shrek creator.”

  3. omg says:

    Well that is quite an accomplishment… Not.

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