Sunday, August 28, 2011

Animation Beyond the Oceans

Hurricanes hurt here, but not over there.

... Foreign gross total for The Smurfs has surpassed the $250-million mark ($256 million) since it opened offshore on July 27. The CG-live action family feature captured the top spot in overseas box office for the third consecutive weekend. ...

So there, as the Nikkster might say, you are. And among other animated epics, we have:

... [Cars 2], which ranks No. 5 on the weekend, has grossed $334.6 million to date, and $522 million worldwide. ... A solid No. 1 opening in Italy ($6.6 million from 823 venues) buoyed weekend action for DreamWorks Animation’s Kung Fu Panda 2. Overall take was $9.1 million drawn from 1,895 locations. ...

The sequel has now outgrossed the original, KFP's (highly successful) $631,744,000 by $6 million. This is a disappointment, just so we're clear.

(Cars Uno, by way of reference, collected $462 million compared to the $522 million of its younger sibling. Both of these films are also deemed disappointments. In Hollywood, after you've had a billion-dollar film, you are likely doomed to nothing but disappointments if you can't match that mark each time at bat.)

3 comments:

Christopher M. Sobieniak said...

At least someone overseas apparently liked the Smurfs well enough to take our American bastardization seriously.

Anonymous said...

Well seeing as only a handful of Belgians knew or cared about smurfs in the first place, I'd say the film's success is a good thing. At least the film--as bad as it is--is comprehensible--unlike the original children's comic.

Christopher M. Sobieniak said...

Hey, I liked the original comics, they were as comprehensible as they ever were and will be!

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