Sunday, August 07, 2011

August Derby Beyond the Seas

Along with the Boy Wizard, the Giant Robots, and a few other entrants, animation continues its gallop in foreign lands.

... [F]oreign cume for The Smurfs comes to $52.8 million amassed since its offshore opening on July 27. Worldwide, the total is $129 million. ...

No. 5 on the weekend was Pixar’s Cars, which registered $20.1 million in its seventh weekend ... Foreign cume stands at $258.4 million while the 3D animation’s worldwide take comes in at $443.1 million. ...

DreamWorks Animation/Paramount’s Kung Fu Panda 2, $451 million (thanks to a $2 million weekend at 2,348 spots in 59 territories) ... Fox’s Rio, $341.6 million ...

The continuing theme here is that animation -- all on its own or as a big part of a live-action tent pole -- is becoming the driving force in Movieland. High profile movie stars used to be the major influences in the marketplace, but that is so 20th century.

Rise of the Planet of the Apes had a per-site average of $6,835 in foreign territories, and if you think that's because of the awesome drawing power of James Franco (good as he may be), then I've got some prime vacation land in Barstow, California that I want to sell you. (Get your bid in quick before the frenzied auction begins!)

Meantime, the worldwide gross for KFP2 stands at $613.7 million, while Rio has earned $474.8.


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