Friday, October 16, 2009

Derby Races Near and Far

Animated features appear to be doing well in domestic and foreign venues:

Disney/Pixar's "Up" continues to live up to its name, as the toon remains the dominant title of the fall overseas. For the second time in three sessions, "Up" easily won, this time with $21.8 million for the Oct. 9-11 frame at 3,500 playdates in 25 markets, led by a $10.2 million British debut and a $2.3 million Benelux launch.

"Up" is now the fifth best international performer of the year ... Foreign cume ,,, has reached $258.5 [ok, not weekend] million as of Oct. 13, or $35 million short of the domestic total. It has now joined 92 other films that have cleared the quarter-billion-dollar mark in overseas grosses this year and looks likely to wind up its run in the more exclusive club of 37 pics with at least $400 million in international grosses ....

"G-Force" also showed some pull for family audiences with $8.4 million at 2,575, led by a $3.8 million Spanish launch, to lift the foreign cume past $112 million ...

Domestically, cartoons are also holding their own, with Cloudy Mit Meatballs and Toy Stories both in the Top Five.

As of Thursday, Cloudy had hit the century mark, and the Toy Story reboots had collected $25.5 million. The chart (as of yesterday):

Couples Retreat -- $45.4 million

Zombieland -- $54 million

Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs -- $100.2 million

Paranormal Activity -- $13.5 million

Toy Stories 3-D -- $25.5 million


Anonymous said...

So if Cloudy cost 100 million to make, and it's made 100 million so far, how likely is it that it turns a profit? It's done decently, but it's no blockbuster...

Anonymous said...

Anon #1 - I think the "dummy's rule" for making profit is it has to surpass 2x it's "production costs." I forget why that is. Maybe marketing costs + payments to theaters, etc don't count in production cost estimates.

Basically, when Cloud makes $200,000,001, it will have finally made $1 profit.

Anonymous said...

Actaully the rule is 3xs production cost unless something has changed.

Justin said...

The rule has changed from 2x to 3x due to the slumping DVD market.

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