Minions Number 2
Illumination Entertainment had a big reason to thank China. The Asian market pushes the global box office little yellow guys to US$ 1.08 billion.

The haul allowed Illumination Entertainment’s “The Minions” to pass “Toy Story 3” to become the second-highest grossing animated movie of all time, after opening to US$ 20.1 million in China.

The little yellow guys took in US$ 26.1 million from 57 foreign markets this weekend, upping their international total to US$ 748 million. Combined with the U.S. total of US$ 332 million, the worldwide haul for “Minions” is US$ 1.08 billion.

That pushed “Minions” past the US$ 1.06 billion rung up by Disney’s “Toy Story 3” in 2010 and into second place on list of all-time top-grossing animated movies.

The only film with a higher global total than that is “Frozen,” the 2013 Disney hit that brought in US$ 1.28 billion in 2013.

The China debut for “Minions” was 48 percent higher than that of “Despicable Me 2.” “Minions” only foreign opening left is Greece on 24 September