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'Despicable Me 3' has record-breaking opening in China

'Despicable Me 3' has record-breaking opening in China

The animated caper “Despicable Me 3” dominated the Chinese box office over the weekend with $65.1 million in receipts, marking the biggest opening day for an animated film in China.

The latest installment in the “Despicable Me” franchise smashed the previous opening-day record, set by “Kung Fu Panda 3” in 2016. It also achieved the fifth-biggest opening weekend of any film in China this year, according to film consulting firm Artisan Gateway.

The film’s huge weekend debut also outstrips the total ticket sales of its prequel, “Despicable Me 2,” in China in 2014. (The first “Despicable Me” film was never released in China). The Universal Pictures film also has been a massive hit...

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