Toy Story 3 ruled the international market for the second straight weekend as an estimated $36.1m from 6,278 from 32 territories boosted Pixar’s latest gem to an even $100m.
Combined with the $226.6m North American haul, the film already stands at $326.6m worldwide and should overhaul Toy Story’s $361.9m global tally by next weekend.
The film is already the most successful Pixar release in Latin America, where it has amassed $62.2m through Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures International (WDSMPI) and overtaken the previous best of $50,1m set by Up.
Mexico was the key driver and to date has generated $34m (428m pesos) making it the second biggest animated release of all time behind Ice Age 3 on 532.2m pesos.
Toy Story 3 smashed the competition in Australia as it took $7.1m from 365 screens for the third biggest animated launch behind Finding Nemo and Shrek 2. WDSMPI executives will be further heartened that school holidays begin on July 5 until September 12.
Elsewhere the film scored the biggest opening weekend ever in South Africa on $1.1m (ZAR 8m) from 72 including previews; $1.1m in Belgium from 108; $700,000 (Euros 600,000) in Greece from 68 for the biggest Disney animated launch ever;
Upcoming launches include Italy on July 7, Japan on July 10, France on July 14, the UK on July 19, Spain on July 29 and South Korea on August 5.
Prince Of Persia: The Sands Of Time added $6.9m from 6,495 screens in 54 territories for $226m after six weekends in release. Globally the tally stands at $312.2m.
Alice In Wonderland has amassed $687.6m and edged a little closer to Ice Age 3’s $688.2m final gross as the fourth biggest overseas release in history. The film has grossed $125.3m in Japan
- The prospect of Tom Cruise and Cameron Diaz together again (after 2001’s Vanilla Sky) in the action comedy Knight And Day tempted $12.4m out of 2,241 screens in 12 markets, an excellent result given that only two were majors.
The action comedy scored number one launches in South Korea on $3.6m, Russia on $3.3m and Taiwan on $999,477. It also opened top in Thailand, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Jamaica and Trinidad. Knight And Day opens in 14 new markets next weekend.
The A-Team earned another $7.6m this weekend from 4,412 in 55 and stayed top in France where $1.4m raised the tally to $4.9m. There were seven new launches, one of which was a strong $972,135 in India from 365 screens. The international cumulative total now stands at $47.1m.
Marmaduke was still top dog in Spain where $691,000 boosted the tally to $2m. The overseas running total is $13m.
- Warner Bros Pictures International reported that Sex And The City 2 generated $6.9m from roughly 5,400 screens in 59 markets for $171.6m.
- Universal/UPI’s comedy Get Him To The Greek grossed $3.9m from 770 sites in eight territories for an early $9.8m running total. The film opened top in the UK on $2.4m and held strong in Australia in fourth place on $1.3m from 178 for $5m.
Robin Hood added $2.4m from 4,800 in 56 territories and has reached $198.7m. Japan will be the final release in December.
Hanni Und Nanni, a German family comedy that Universal is distributing through its agreement with UFA, grossed $500,000 in Germany and Austria from at 472 venues for an early $2m running total. It has taken $1.7k in Germany.
Nanny McPhee And The Big Bang stands at $60.5M and there are ten territories to go, while The Green Zone on $62.7m only has Chile and Colombia left later in the summer.
- Shrek Forever After grossed $3.7m through Paramount /PPI from 1,281 sites in 21 territories and despite barely opening in the major markets has already taken $91.5m. Iron Man 2 added $1.5m from 3,854 in 62 territories where Paramount is distributing the film. The film has grossed $303m, of which $294m comes from Paramount territories. How to Train Your Dragon
- Sony Pictures Releasing International’s The Karate Kid added $3.9m from 873 Sony screens for $20.9m. Incuding china, the film grossed $8.4m over the weekend and has taken $25.3m overall. The comedy Grown Ups opened in second place in Australia day-and-date with North America and took an excellent $2.3m from 224. The Back–Up Plan has reached $35.6m.