The new animated adaptation of the famed tale of The Little Prince has opened strongly in China, posting $10.9 million in ticket sales.
That’s good enough for third place at the weekend box office, behind Marvel Studios’ Ant-Man and the Chinese comedy Goodbye Mr. Loser.
Produced by Mikros Image and directed by Mark Osborne, whose previous credits include Kung Fu Panda, the feature likely benefited from being shown in both English-language and Mandarin versions, with the latter featuring some well-known Chinese celebrity voices.
The Little Prince has grossed $38 million worldwide and is currently playing in 10 territories.
Paramount has the rights to the U.S. release and is planning a 2016 release, though no date has been set.