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‘Boonie Bears’ Franchise Crosses $300 Million At Global Box Office

With the release of its latest theatrical installment, Fantawild’s Boonie Bears franchise has now crossed US$300 million at the worldwide box office, with the majority of those earnings coming from China.

The fifth film – Boonie Bears: The Big Shrink – was released in China on February 16, and has earned a franchise-best $96.5 million in China alone. Worldwide, that figure is the highest-grossing fully-animated film of 2018 so far.

Here’s the official English-dub trailer offering a taste of what audiences in China have been getting excited about:

Boonie Bears started as a tv series in 2012. It follows two bears, Briar and Bramble, who must constantly stop Logger Vick from destroying their forest home. The series was a breakaway hit, becoming the most popular homegrown Chinese animation property, and soon led to a theatrical series. Here are the global grosses for the prior films in the series:

Boonie Bears: To the Rescue (2014) – $41+ million
Boonie Bears: A Mystical Winter (2015)- $44+ million
Boonie Bears: The Big Top Secret (2016) – $43+ million
Boonie Bears: Entangled Worlds (2017) – $76+ million

The Boonie Bears are starting to gain wider exposure in the U.S. thanks to Netflix, which recently acquired rights to the third feature, Big Top Secret, as well as one season (50 x 13-minutes) of the tv series, Boonie Bears: Spring Into Action. Both are currently available to view on the streaming service.

Fantawild Holdings, the owner of Boonie Bears, is a diversified entertainment and technology conglomerate with 40 subsidiaries. It operates over 10 theme parks in China, in addition to businesses in animation, special effects film, live performances, and consumer products.

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