Which, of course, is not good ...
But the happy news is, foreign box office is robust. And animation plays a large part in all the global robustness, either enhancing live-action (Transformers, Roses of the Apes), or standing alone (Cars 2).
Worldwide, animation did quite nicely in 2011. Like for instance:
Kung Fu Panda 2 -- $665,692,281
Cars 2 -- $551,852,396
Rio -- $484,635,760
Puss in Boots -- $391,347,391 *
The Adventures of Tintin -- $270,872,000 *
Rango -- $245,155,348
With all the varied entertainment choices -- cable television, video games, the internet, apps on the smart phones -- it's not surprising that theatrical movies have gotten a smaller slice of the overall pie. Even so, it's a shame.
* Still out there, raking in the moolah.