‘Ice Age’ Toon Sequel on Course for 8/23 China ‘Collision’

  • Ice Age Continental Drift grossed $15.7M in 2012
  • Angry Bird pic passed Drift—now 7th-biggest ’toon feature
  • Independence Day: Resurgence hits Chinese, U.S. screens 6/20
Ice Age: Collision Course, will land in China on Aug. 23 (Courtesy, 20th Century Fox)

Ice Age: Collision Course, will land in China on Aug. 23 (Courtesy, 20th Century Fox)

20th Century Fox and Blue Sky Studio’s Ice Age: Collision Course (冰川时代:星际碰撞) will open in China on August 23, a month after its U.S. opening, Fox said on one of its Chinese social media accounts on Monday.

Family friendly animated features imported from Hollywood have been particularly welcomed in Chinese cinemas of late with Pixar’s Finding Dory on screens now and Universal’s The Secret Life of Pets due out on August 2.

‘Dory’ currently is in second place at the box office after earning RMB 125 million ($19 million) in four days. Warcraft, is in first place with a gross of 1.357 billion yuan ($206 million) in 13 days.

Ice Age is the first animated feature franchise ever to reach its fifth film. ‘Collision Course,’ premiered Sunday June 19 at the Sydney Film Festival.

The movie sees the Ice Age characters Sid, Manny, and Diego scrambling to save themselves after Scrat’s pursuit of his acorn accidentally sets of a series of cosmic events that imperil the Ice Age world.

The box office for the last installment—Ice Age: Continental Drift, which released in China in 2012—was recently surpassed by Sony’s The Angry Bird Movie, which went on to become the seventh-biggest animated feature of all time in China.

At the time of its release, Continental Drift  hauled in of $15.7 million, resoundingly beating its animated competitor, Universal’s The Lorax, which took in only $964,000.

20th Century Fox’s 1996 sci-fi classic Independence Day (独立日) screened at the Shanghai Film Festival on Sunday, ahead of the release of that movies’ sequel Independence Day: Resurgence (独立日:卷土重来), which hits Chinese and U.S. screens on Friday.

X-Men Apocalypse (X战警:天启), another Fox movie on Chinese cinema screens at the moment, has earned 760 million yuan ($115 million) at the box office after 18 days, making it that franchise’s biggest release in China.