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.