Sunday, February 26, 2012

The World Box Office

... Not counting the Land of the Free.

Dwayne Johnson and all them dinosaurs continue to rule.

In a largely slack weekend on the foreign theatrical circuit, Warner Bros.’ Journey 2: The Mysterious Island maintained its No. 1 box office status for the third consecutive weekend by collecting $18.5 million from 8,500 screens in 48 offshore territories. ...

Animation continues to truck right along, although there are no fresh releases. Totals for cartoon features:

Foreign Take

Alvin and the Chipmunks -- $201.6 million

Puss in Boots -- $383.5 million

The Adventures of Tintin -- $295.4 million

The worldwide totals for each is: Alvin $330,483,000; Puss $532,733,000; Tintin $372,342,071.

One interesting factoid. Two decades ago, high-grossing Beauty and the Beast collected roughly half its box office domestically, the other half overseas.

Today, however, foreign box office is a much bigger deal. All the above features collected only 20% to 30% of their box office nut from the U.S. of A. The other 70-80% came from abroad.


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