Monday, June 01, 2009

Up and away

Up has scored the best opening weekend of any animated theatrical feature in the last twelve months. The numbers for $1-million-plus opening weekends are from Box Office Mojo; the percentages are the portion of the total gross to date earned on the opening weekend.

  1. Up: $68.2 million; 100% (May 29, 2009)
  2. Madagascar Escape 2 Africa: $63.1 million; 35.1% (November 7, 2008)
  3. WALL·E: $63.0 million; 28.2% (June 27, 2008)
  4. Kung Fu Panda: $60.2 million; 28.0% (June 6, 2008)
  5. Monsters vs. Aliens: $59.3 million; 30.5% (March 27, 2009)
  6. Bolt: $26.2 million; 23.0% (November 28, 2008)
  7. Coraline: $16.8 million; 22.4% (February 6, 2009)
  8. Space Chimps: $14.6 million; 23.9% (July 18, 2008)
  9. Star Wars - The Clone Wars: $14.6 million; 41.6% (August 15, 2008)
  10. The Tale of Despereaux: $10.1 million; 19.9% (December 19, 2008)
  11. Igor: $7.8 million; 40.0% (September 19, 2008)
  12. Fly Me To The Moon: $1.9 million; 10.9% (August 15, 2008)
  13. Battle for Terra: $1.1 million; 66.9% (May 1, 2009)


Neal said...

Congrats to Pixar - especially after all that hot air about the pic being 'unappealing' and difficult to position.

Ryan Summers said...

That's a mighty big drop after the DW/Pixar Top 5.

g said...

Quality is sometimes a very intangible thing, but people know it when they see it. I wish I could say the same thing for execs and wall st analyists...

Anonymous said...

I've seen UP now 4 times, and it gets better every time. Looking forward to seeing it at least once more next weekend!

Jimmy said...

Up was able to fly past the $63.1M of its studio's last entry WALL•E, although the higher ticket prices meant the audience size was a bit smaller. But a clear victory was won over this year's 3D smash Monsters vs. Aliens from rival DreamWorks Animation which bowed to $59.3M in March. Not only did Monsters benefit from higher 3D prices but it also opened wider in 338 more locations. Up now holds the record for the biggest opening for a 3D pic.

Anonymous said...

wow... Space Chimps actually beat Star Wars.

Well, it looks like the audience is solving the CG glut problem by mostly ignoring about half of the ones that are released.

Jeff Massie said...

wow... Space Chimps actually beat Star Wars.

Well, they tied in their opening weekends, but Star Wars outgrossed Space Chimps in the long(er) run:

Star Wars:

Domestic: $35,161,554
+ Foreign: $33,121,290
= Worldwide: $68,282,844

Space Chimps:

Domestic: $30,105,968
+ Foreign: $34,682,011%
= Worldwide: $64,787,979

Observers frequently note how suspect the opening weekend numbers seem to be ... f'rinstance, isn't it interesting that Madagascar 2 just coincidentally happened to closely inch past WALL·E's opening numbers six months after the fact?

Anonymous said...

wow... Space Chimps did almost as well as Star Wars.

I see a Star Chimp Space Wars in our future. Or maybe that's what the Ewoks were already.

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