Sunday, August 26, 2007

Cry Not For Ratatouille

There's been a little hand-wringing over Ratatouille's domestic box office performance. To date it's taken in $199 million and change. (It will no doubt hit $200 million in the coming week.)

But let's stay focused, people. Domestic b.o. is only one slice of the cheese wheel. Overseas, Brad Bird's latest is doing quite nicely:

Disney's "Ratatouille" turned in another tasty weekend with $11.6 million at 3,055 in 29 markets, pushing the Pixar project to $172 million overseas with half the foreign territories still to open. "Ratatouille" will far surpass the final international cume of $218 million for "Cars," last summer's Pixar entry.

Note the words: "With half the foreign territories still to open..."

As Variety observes, this means the gourmet rat will sweep up $240 ... $260 ... $330 million in foreign revenue. Stacked on top of the domestic take, this will add up to more than half a billion before secondary revenue streams (dvds, broadcast, cable, downloads) are factored in.

Can we say "healthy profits?"

I would say that Pixar and Disney won't be getting out of the animated feature market anytime soon.

16 comments:

David Nethery said...

Indeed.


But who'll cry for Jim Hill ? Not me ;-) .

Anonymous said...

same here brother.

Anonymous said...

Let me save Jim Hill some time here:

"Even so, the Rat will still bring in less cheese than did Cars, proving it has less gas to cross the finish line. And given the less than mighty box office of "The Incredibles", could it be that Pixar's superpowers are on the wane?"

Whaddya think? Pretty decent impression? :0)

Bill said...

No, your grammar was far too good to be mistaken for Jim Hill. I didn't count even one fragment sentence, nor did I see annoying asides like "Don't believe me? Well..."

Could we start a fund to allow Jim Hill to afford a remedial English class at his local junior college?

Anonymous said...

I not sure why you guys keep picking on Jim Hill...he's a sports icon in LA. His grammar and broadcasts are still better than most. This is an animation website, so we should really stick to talking about how much we love Pixar.

Anonymous said...

So Jim Hill shouldn't be picked on for his animation commentary because he's a sports broadcasting icon? How does THAT work?

Grammar that's "better than most" is still kind of a low bar these days. If you're going to create a reputation as a writer, you should be able to write...

Anonymous said...

Did you really think one of the Pixies could understand sarcasm or dry wit?

Anonymous said...

That's the fun of it.

Anonymous said...

Ah, so "heavy-handed and unfunny" is now "dry wit".

Got it...

Anonymous said...

I would never call Pixar's humor dry wit.....

Anonymous said...

Well, Ratatoohide was unfunny and bland...

And yeah, like we need more of Pixarians patting themselves on the back...

Guess they can't get their quota of 'self congratulating'.

R.

Anonymous said...

No, it wasn't. Go back to reading that Kingdom of Bland Blog where you get all your opinions and rag on your betters over there. Talk about patting yourself on the back.

Plus--what exactly IS "Pixar's humor"? Obviously you aren't in the animation business and haven't a clue how features work. Of course, you're entitled to an opinion as a moviegoer, but this is a blog for real, working animation people.

Anonymous said...

"Obviously you aren't in the animation business and haven't a clue how features work. Of course, you're entitled to an opinion as a moviegoer, but this is a blog for real, working animation people."

Yeah! And remember that "real working animation people" created such things as Pocahontas, Anastasia, Quest for Camelot, Jungle Book II, several Care Bear movies, the Groovy Ghoulies Christmas Special...

That proves how vital that "clue" is. And don't try to give all the credit to the suits.

Anonymous said...

JH = Mr. Magoo :)

Anonymous said...

"That proves how vital that "clue" is. And don't try to give all the credit to the suits."

Don't do that! we wouldn't want to easily target a sports broadcaster of being the type that would produce such schlock as quest for camel toe.

Anonymous said...

More ignorance.
So, someone's saving themselves for only the very best, WORTHIEST shows, hm? Keep in mind that Glen keane worked on the Chipmunk Adventure. It didn't make him any less of a genius to work on a less than genius movie.

The kind of person who throws out insults like that would have been thrilled to work on any of those projects.

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