The Reporter reports:
... 20th Century Fox’s Rio, meanwhile, claimed the weekend’s No. 1 box office spot overseas for the third consecutive round, pushing in the process its foreign gross total past the $200-million mark. ...
Finishing third on the weekend was Universal’s Hop, which landed $10.7 million from 4,400 venues in 53 territories ... Foreign gross total for the Easter bunny title blending animation with live action comes to $47.2 million. ...
When you have a higher quality, animated feature with lovable fuzzy (or feathered) animals, you can open your own mint.
This is good news for Fox and Fox alumni, yes? And Rupert's minions are no doubt pleased that even though Chris Medadandri decamped from News Corp to go make NBC-ComCast-Universal some money, the Blue Sky facility there in the tri-state area goes merrily on without him.
Kung Fu Panda 2 launches on May 24th. With the roll that animated features on on, Paramount and DreamWorks Animation must be expecting Big Things when the second installment of the franchise rolls out.
Add On: Somebody asked how Winnie the Pooh was doing in Britain. The answer is anemically, if this news clip is any indication:
... "Winnie The Pooh" came in at eight ...
Box Office Mojo doesn't yet have any grosses showing for the Silly Old Bear.
It grieves me to say it, but I think the days of $800 million worldwide grosses for hand-drawn animated features is over. The action is on the CG side of the fence.