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Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation and Minions break Chinese records, Japan boosts Pixels box office
By: Scott J Davis | September 16,2015
The Chinese box office continues to be a lucrative market for Hollywood, with Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation and Minions enjoying a massive reception upon their releases. Elswhere, Adam Sandler's Pixels earns good returns in Japan...
Tom Cruise-starrer Rogue Nation started with a record-breaking day on its opening last week, with $15.5 million grossed on Tuesday September 8th, the highest ever for a 2D imported film in China. And its success continued with its six-day gross standing at a huge $86.4 million, which lifts the film's worldwide haul to $613 million, only around $80 million below the previous installment, Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol.
Elsewhere, Universal continued their global domination, with Illumination Entertainment's Minions opening last Sunday to $20.1 million, the biggest ever single-day for an animated film in China. With the boost, Minions has now become the second highest-grossing animated film of all-time with $1.08 billion, surpassing Toy Story 3 ($1.07 billion).
Terminator Genisys fell to $4.17 million, bringing its China gross to $113.24 million and $440 million worldwide. It's "rival", propaganda film The Hundred Regiments Offensive, which has been accused of box-office fraud by some of China's top film executives, added just $1.37 million.
Elswhere in Japan, Adam Sandler's Pixels enjoyed a new lease of life after its disappoiting US box office total of $75.3 million. The action-comedy earned $1.8 million (which is considerably better than it appears), and has now grossed $202 million worldwide.