Box Office: 'Despicable Me 2' Opens Strong in China, Heads for $935.1 Million Globally

10:05 AM PST 01/11/2014 by Pamela McClintock

The sequel scores the best opening-day gross for an animated film since "Ice Age: Continental Drift" in 2012.

The minions have invaded China.

On Friday, Universal and Illumination Entertainment's Despicable Me 2 took in $4 million as it landed at the Chinese box office, easily coming in No. 1.

It's the best opening-day gross for an animated film since Ice Age: Continental Drift in 2012 and is especially impressive considering the first Despicable Me wasn't released in China.

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Despicable 2 is expected to earn $13.8 million for the weekend in China, pushing its worldwide total to $935.1 million, the fourth-best showing of all time for an animated film.

Internationally, the film will have earned $567.1 million by Sunday, eclipsing Finding Nemo ($555.9 million) and The Lion King ($564.7 million).

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