Sunday, April 20, 2008

Box Office! Foreign and Domestic!

Stateside, Rob "Lion King" Minkoff's Chinese epic The Forbidden Kingdom lands at the top of the box office pile with $20,870,000 in weekend #1.

Forgetting Sarah Marshall comes in second with $17,348,000 ...

Prom Night takes the usual horror-flick dropoff of 56.3%, dropping to third. Prom has now earned a grand total of $32.5 million through its sophomore frame.

And Horton Hears a Who descends gently from sixth place to eighth while running its domestic box-office total to $144,407,000.

Meanwhile, on the foreign front:

The Dr. Seuss toon won the weekend of April 11-13 overseas, grossing $9.1 million from 4,707 playdates for a foreign cume of $104.9 million in its fifth sesh. The appetite for family fare is proving just as robust abroad as it is in North America, where “Horton” has grossed $139.5 million through April 13.

“Horton” has done far more biz internationally than the two previous Dr. Seuss pics, “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” ($85 million) and “The Cat in the Hat” ($35 million).

The toon enjoyed good hold over the frame, posting a 15% gain in its French sophomore sesh to $3.8 million and a 7% gain in its fourth British frame to $1.2 million. It was the third consecutive weekend “Horton” took the top crown.

Which means, of course, Fox will be manufacturing more animated features ...


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