"Zootopia" sprinted past "Kung Fu Panda 3" last week to become the top-grossing animated film ever in China as the mainland's year-to-date box office topped $2 billion.
Disney's tale of a mammalian metropolis earned $59.1 million in the seven days ending Sunday, data from film industry consulting firm Artisan Gateway showed, bringing its total earnings to $172 million over just 17 days. That's about $19 million more than "Kung Fu Panda 3" earned after its late January release.
March is typically a slow moviegoing period in China, coming after the major Spring Festival holiday, but this year has seen strong attendance.
In third place for the seven days ending Sunday was “Gods of Egypt,” the
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Rounding out the top five for the week was the local romantic comedy "Rise of a Tomboy," which earned $5 million in its opening weekend. As for other Hollywood releases now in theaters, 20th Century Fox's uplifting ski jumper tale "Eddie the Eagle," starring Hugh Jackman, landed in 10th place with $400,000.
China's year-to-date box office now stands at $2.09 billion, Artisan said.
Nicole Liu in The Times' Beijing bureau contributed to this report.