Kung Fu Panda 3” had a huge opening weekend in China, both setting the record for the nation’s best-opening animated film and surpassing the movie’s U.S. opening that same weekend.

The third installment in the blockbuster franchise from DreamWorks Animation drew $57 million in China, unseating Minions — which previously took in $50 million in its first eight days.

At the U.S. box office, the movie showed plenty of punch as well, earning $41 million — a total that means it was nearly as well-received as Kung Fu Panda 2, which made $47.7 million its first weekend in 2011, according to Reuters. Read more…

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‘Kung Fu Panda 3’ had a record-breaking $57M opening in China, passing U.S.