Chinese moviegoers had plenty of animation options — and they avoided nearly all of them.
The program includes Oscar contenders like “I Lost My Body” and “Weathering With You,” and plenty of U.S. premieres.
The ecological fantasy adventure is the second animated feature to triumph in China this summer, following “Ne Zha.”
In its U.S. debut, the Chinese animated film grossed more per theater than any film playing on five or more screens.
“Ne Zha” is the only foreign animated movie that has ever opened in North America with over $500 million already in the bank.
The Chinese box office phenomenon is headed to U.S. theaters later this month.
The cg fantasy feature, made by an unknown director and an unproven studio, has proven unstoppable at China’s box office.
It took just one week for “Nezha” to become the most successful animated film ever at the Chinese box office.
In China, “The Lion King” was no match for “Nezha.”