Paramount’s Kung Fu Panda 2 commandeers top spot in its third week

A raft of top-spot openings helped animated sequel Kung Fu Panda 2 gross $56.7m to jump three spaces to number one at the international box office, displacing Pirates Of The Caribbean: On Stranger Tides in the process. Currently standing at $206.1m, it still has some way to go before matching its predecessor’s $416.3m international haul, but has openings in France and Germany this week to look forward to, as well as Hong Kong (July 21) and Japan (Aug 19) to come.

Walt Disney’s Pirates 4, 20th Century Fox’s X-Men: First Class and Warner Bros’ The Hangover Part II all showed decent holdovers with drops of only 40%, 31% and 36% respectively. As previously reported, the former has now become Disney’s biggest international performer and is closing in on a $1bn globally.

Paramount’s Super 8 rounded off an all-US top five after a respectable international bow of $6.7m at a healthy screen average of $8,652. The sci-fi-thriller has a protracted roll-out and opens in Russia this week, Japan on June 24 and the UK on August 5.

Geetha Arts’ Badrinath was the week’s top non-US title after it took $5.5m from its seven territories to chart seventh. V.V. Vinayak’s action-romance, set in Badrinath temple, stars Allu Arjun and Tamannaah Bhatia.

Toei’s Gokaiger, Goseiger Super Sentai 199 entered the chart in ninth position after recording a week-high screen average of $12,692. The latest in the popular Super Sentai series failed to dislodge Pirates 4 in Japan, despite its $3.6m debut.

An impressive top-spot debut in Spain meant that IM Global’s Insidious climbed 24 places to chart tenth. James Wan’s horror scared up a further $2.7m to stand at $23.3m overall and will open in France this week and Germany on July 21.

In a busy week on the international stage there were a further two new entries and one re-entry in the top 20: Lionsgate’s Limitless re-entered the chart at 11 thanks largely to a fourth-placed $2.1m debut in France; while Paradise’s Aram Zam Zam (All Inclusive) and Toho’s Star Watching Dog opened at 13 and 19 respectively after solid debuts in their local territories.