Sunday, August 14, 2011

The Global Steeple Chase

As it is across the fruited plains, so is it beyond the seas:

The 3D animation [of The Smurfs] grosses $60 million overseas, sending Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows Part 2 to third place; Cowboys & Aliens is off to a slow start at foreign box office.

After a month atop the box office charts on the foreign theatrical circuit, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2 was finally shoved aside by The Smurfs, which finished No. 1 for the first time with an estimated weekend take of $60 million collected from 10,285 locations in 44 markets. ...

Before The Smurfs rolled out to general release, there were rumors in and around Sony ImageWorks that the visual effects and animation studio might bail out of the c.g. cartoon business if the little blue people didn't perform.

Happily, it looks like they're turning handsprings and other acrobatics, so Sony will likely keep its hand in the genre.

Meantime, some of the other animated entries that continue to pile up coin:

Pixar’s Cars 2 finished fifth on the weekend, pushing its foreign gross total to $290 million ... Worldwide tally for the 3D animation stands at $476 million. ...

Kung Fu Panda 2, $453 million (with a Japan opening due this week) ... Fox’s Rio, $342.5 million ...

Rio now has a worldwide total of $486 million, while KFP2 weighs in with $616,428,000.


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