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

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-Mantopped 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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