After opening in China yesterday to a strong $5.6M, DreamWorks Animation's How To Train Your Dragon 2 has crossed the $500M mark worldwide to become 2014's highest-grossing animated film. It's also in the Top Ten grossing films of 2014 globally. Through today, the animated sequel has grossed $170.6M domestically and $331.2M internationally (which includes China). It will open in Italy this weekend so its grosses will continue to climb.
The $5.6M China bow is a healthy one. In local currency, it was worth about 35M yuan renminbi. That's far above the 2010 original whose first weekend was worth 20M RMB ($2.9M) at a time when the market had far fewer screens. It also sets HTTYD2 above 2013's The Croods which started off with 22M RMB ($3.5M). That DWA film went on to an extended run in China and ultimately amassed over $63M there to make it the country's top animated movie of all time as an original film. Other comps include Rio 2 which opened to 14.4M RMB ($2.3M); Ice Age 4 which fired up 25.8M RMB ($4.1M); Frozen's first day of 24M RMB ($3.84M); and Monsters University's debut grade of 22M RMB ($3.48M).