Minions meet chengguan

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A film about yellow organisms that evolved at the dawn of time may not sound like a blockbuster concept. But Minions has proven a huge hit, and that includes in China where it debuted in cinemas this week. The cartoon grossed Rmb124 million ($19.5 million) on Sunday, the biggest-ever opening day for an animated film in China. “The Minions madness descends on China,” Xinhua noted, adding that Minions could even break the Rmb955 million box office record for an animation set last month by Monkey King: Hero is Back.

Also going viral on social media are photos of two men dressed up as Minions while selling bananas on a busy street. The fruit vendors soon got the unwanted attention of chengguan, the law enforcement unit that patrols local markets. The hawkers tried to win over the officials with their cute clumsy look, but, being unlicenced, were nevertheless told to pack up and leave.

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