In foreign countries right now, animation is king. The Hollywood Reporter tells us so:
School holidays helped animated hit get its second wind; 'Megamind' debuts No. 1 in Russia and Ukraine a week before its U.S. bow.
Family-oriented animation trumped horror on the foreign circuit over the Halloween weekend as Despicable Me reclaimed the No. 1 box office spot, snaring $22.8 million from 4,850 venues in 47 markets and pushing its offshore gross total to $235.4 million. ... Megamind premiered No. 1 in [Russia and the Ukraine] for a total of $7.3 million from 712 locales. ...
And "Mega" and "Despicable" weren't the only animated features that did well.
... No. 2 in France ... was producer-director Luc Besson's Arthur 3: La Guerre des Deux Mondes (Arthur 3: The War of Two Worlds), an English-language animation title which grossed an estimated $8.2 million in its third weekend at 778 situations -- an increase of 120%.
There is a theme going on here, I think. Animation continues to prosper around the world.