The sequel earned $24.4 million in the seven days ending Sunday, according to figures from film industry consulting firm Artisan Gateway, bringing the movie's gross to $51.5 million. "Despicable Me 2," released in China earlier this year, took in a total of $52.3 million.
The strong showing for Hiccup and Toothless is good news for DreamWorks Animation as it pushes deeper into the Chinese market. The company has set up a venture with Chinese partners, called Oriental DreamWorks, to create “
Taking second place at the box office last week was “The Four 3,” a martial arts film from
In fourth place was the Hong Kong-set corruption drama "Z Storm," with nearly $7.6 million, and rounding out the top five was the latecomer import "Pompeii" with $6.9 million.
Chinese cinemagoers have yet to see some of the biggest titles of the U.S. summer, including "Guardians of the Galaxy," "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" and "Dawn of the Planet of the Apes."
The aging-action-star franchise seems to have run out of gas stateside, but the earlier installments found a welcome audience in China. Stars
In mid-September, the tornado thriller “Into the Storm,” distributed by