Sunday, February 28, 2010

Animation's Foreign Derby

Animation continues to be a red hot commodity around the globe. Specifics below:

20th Century Fox's "Avatar" on the weekend made it 11 straight stanzas in the No. 1 spot by grossing $36.1 million from 6,535 screens in 70 markets. ... Total foreign take by director James Cameron's 3D blockbuster now stands at $1.844 billion. ... To date, its foreign gross is more than two-and-a-half times its domestic cume of $707 million..

Finishing fifth was Disney's "The Princess and the Frog," which grossed $7.7 million from 3,203 screens in 36 territories for a foreign cume to date of $143 million. ... "Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs," ... drew another $2.6 million on the weekend from 1,350 screens in 20 markets for an overseas cume of $112.5 million.

Fox's "Fantastic Mr. Fox," [earned] $22.8 million; ... Fox's "Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel," $219 million.

For those of you keeping score (and who among us is not?) Green Froggy now has a worldwide total of $250 million, Cloudy Mit Meatballs has accumulated $237.4 million, and critics' favorite The Fantastic Mr. Fox stands at $43.6 million. Meantime, Alvin and Co. is up there at ten times Fox's number with $435.6 million.

Apparently the world community likes animated product pretty well, wouldn't you say?


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