×

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.

Popular on Variety

More Film

  • The Great Outdoor documentary series about

    Farm to Picture: Documentary Series 'The Great Outdoor' Chronicles a Life Gone to Pot

    Cannabis cultivation in the Emerald Triangle, the area in Northern California that has long been a go-to for growers, has a starring role in a new documentary series called “The Great Outdoor.” Funded by Flow Kana, one of the state’s leading cannabis flower brands, filmed by David Zlutnick, and executive-produced by Flow Kana co-founder Flavia [...]

  • 1982 El Gouna Festival

    Egypt's El Gouna Film Festival Puts Arab Helmers at Center Stage

    The upbeat state of Arab cinema will be on the screen and in the balmy air at Egypt’s El Gouna Film Festival (Sept. 19-27), which is steadily gaining traction in its stated ambition to become a key platform and solid driver for Middle-East producers. “This year was one the best for Arab cinema,” says Intishal [...]

  • Star Skipper Paramount Animation

    Meet Star Skipper, Paramount Animation's Magical New Trademark Logo Character

    Studio logos are powerful signals to audiences.  Multiple generations of moviegoers flipping through channels or scanning streaming titles have frozen at the sight of a desk lamp hopping across the screen, because it means a Pixar movie is about to play. Likewise, when a young boy lounging inside a crescent moon casts his fishing line into [...]

  • Sybil

    Cannes Competition Movie 'Sibyl' Finds North American Home With Music Box (EXCLUSIVE)

    Music Box Films has acquired the U.S. and Canadian rights to Justine Triet’s darkly comic drama “Sibyl,” which competed at Cannes and had its North American premiere at Toronto in the Special Presentation section. Represented in international markets by mk2, the film follows the ambiguous relationship between Sibyl, a jaded psychotherapist (Virginie Efira, “An Impossible [...]

  • Kent Jones Directs 'Diane'

    Kent Jones to Exit New York Film Festival (EXCLUSIVE)

    In a surprise move, New York Film Festival’s director and selection committee chair of seven years Kent Jones will step down following this year’s 57th edition, which runs Sept. 27-Oct. 13. The departure comes as Jones’ feature filmmaking career is taking off. Issues of potential conflicts of interest have arisen as his work has moved [...]

  • Ava-Mark-Split

    Ava DuVernay, Mark Ruffalo Selected for SAG-AFTRA Foundation Honors

    Ava DuVernay and Mark Ruffalo have been selected by the SAG-AFTRA Foundation for its fourth Annual Patron of the Artists Awards. The awards will be presented on Nov. 7 at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts in Beverly Hills. The show benefits the nonprofit SAG-AFTRA Foundation and is not televised. Previous SAG-AFTRA Foundation Patron of the [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content