Sunday, August 29, 2010

The Big Global Derby

A fresh injection of live-action epics have pushed animation further down the Victory Ladder, but various 'toony features are still raking in heavy coin:

Now in its 11th round on the foreign circuit, "Toy Story 3" in 3D actually picked up a bit from its prior round -- grossing $12.7 million from 5,261 venues in 41 markets for an overseas cume of $606.4 million ... DreamWorks Animation/Paramount's "Shrek Forever After" in 3D is still generating decent foreign numbers, $10.5 million in its latest round at 4,585 venues in 61 markets. Cume stands at $470 million. ...

DreamWorks Animation/Paramount's "How to Train Your Dragon," $274 million; ... Universal's "Despicable Me," $70 million (after a $2.8 million weekend from 1,330 screens in 26 markets) ...

So while The Expendables and The Last Airbender battle it out at the head of the field, the animated contingent keeps on trucking:

The Big Animated Four (2010)-- Worldwide Numbers

Toy Story 3 -- $1,012,126,000

Shrek Forever After -- $693,580, 461

How To Train Your Dragon -- $490,227,050

Despicable Me -- $301,302,000

Think about it. Four animated features. Two and a half billion dollars. That's only a quarter billion less than the live-action science fiction epic Avatar made.

Oh, wait ...


Anonymouse said...

Toy Story 3 - first fully animated feature to cross the billion dollar mark. I'm actually shocked it's taken this long for that to happen given how well animation has been doing the last few years.

Anonymous said...

avatar was animated...shhhh, don't tell Jim.

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