Though The Bourne Ultimatum took a large bite out of Homer Simpson's second weekend grosses, Variety notes that the Yellow Family is still red hot around the globe:
In its debut over the July 27 frame, "Simpsons" raked in $96 million from 71 foreign markets, leaving Homer and his brood yukking it up and making more than Warner Bros.' "Harry Potter and Order of the Phoenix" and DreamWorks-Paramount's "Transformers" combined.
Overseas bow marked a stellar launch for the "Simpsons," which has yet to open in several key markets, including Japan, and just opened Aug. 1 in Mexico.
The question that Fox/News Corp is probably asking: "How much worldwide profit will this baby make?"
Guess that depends on how well The Simpsons Movie holds in other global markets. But no matter what the week-to-week declines, it will be lots.
Update: Monday's Variety had a front page article about how well The Simpsons Movie is doing internationally:
Homer and Marge are still living large outside the United States as "The Simpsons Movie" easily led a healthy weekend at the international box office, adding $47.3 million from 6,627 runs in 75 markets to bring the toon's worldwide take to a tidy $315.5 million in 12 days.
Also in Variety, this profile on Nancy "Bart Simpson" Cartwright:
Apart from her full sked on "The Simpsons," "The Replacements" and other shows, Cartwright also heads the Sports Blast LLC production company, but does not appear on its programs--yet. She knows where the action is in the car racing circle, having received her NASCAR Driving License in March. She drove at a top speed of 158.3--with a governor aboard, adding, "I could go 190."