'Despicable Me 3’ Secures Release Date in China

2017/5/25 9:37:00 (Beijing Time)   Source:Variety    By:Patrick Frater

Illumination Entertainment’s “Despicable Me 3” has been confirmed as heading for mainland Chinese theaters.

The animated film will be released in the Middle Kingdom on July 7, a week after its release in North America and most major international territories.

Universal Pictures confirmed the China release date and revealed a new poster and trailer for the Chinese market. As a revenue sharing quota import title, the film’s release in China will be handled by a state-owned distributor.

"Despicable Me 2” was released in China in January 2014, and earned $53.0 million.

Also confirmed for release in mainland theaters is the Oscar-nominated Dev Patel and Nicole Kidman-starrer “Lion,” which will hit screens on June 23. In this case, the release is more than six months after its U.S. outing.

Hollywood movies are having a very strong year at the Chinese box office with a mixture of widely anticipated hits such as “The Fate of the Furious” which is now the second biggest movie of all time in China, and surprises such as “Resident Evil:The Final Chapter,” and “xXx: The Return of Xander Cage.”

While most Chinese films have wilted, Hollywood titles have helped keep the cumulative Chinese box office on a par with 2016 through the first five months of the year.

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Black Panther US$35.80(M) 5972999
Operation Red Sea US$27.90(M) 4592825
Amazing China US$19.25(M) 3688747
Bajrangi Bhaijaan US$11.60(M) 2272939
The Shape of Water US$11.27(M) 2185798
Detective Chinatow... US$10.52(M) 1798015
Peter Rabbit US$3.05(M) 603512
Three Billboards O... US$2.50(M) 421295
The Big Bad Fox an... US$1.77(M) 359489