Fox International executives, celebrating after the company became the first distributor last week to cross in 2009 ticket sales, said its animated champion grossed an estimated $98m from 12,049 screens in 102 markets for $327.1m.
The Media Rights Capital’s comedy Bruno starring Sacha Baron Cohen’s self-absorbed Austrian gay fashion reporter grossed roughly $25m. It took about $20m through eight Universal/UPI territories and the balance from four Sony and 16 Mandate International markets.
Meanwhile PPI is believed to have crossed the $1bn mark for the third consecutive year, buoyed by another strong session from Transformers: Revenge of The Fallen.
Ice Age 3’s only new market was China, where 338 3D screens generated $4.6m for second place behind Transformers 2. Elsewhere, the film climbed 8% in Germany on $1.2m from 1,219 for a $39.8m running total, added $8.1m in the UK from 526 after a 16% slide for $24.7m, and added $12.5m in France from 1,023 following a 17% drop for $38.9m.
Latin America has yielded several notable results. In both Uruguay and Peru Ice Age 3 is now the industry’s highest grossing film, on $2.9m and $675,452, respectively. In Ecuador it has become the first release to cross m in eight days and currently stands at $1.2m.
Transformers 2 grossed $32.5m from 9,165 sites in 63 territories for $364.5m. The action sequel took $4.6m in China from 1,009 for $55.7m and is the highest grossing English-language release in history, a distinction it holds in a further eight territories.
The film grossed $4.3m in South Korea from 761 for $33.3m, $2.9m in Australia from 248 for $27m, and $2.2m in the UK for $38.5m. India was the only new market and delivered $1.3m from 260 or roughly 50% ahead of the original Transformers film.
Aside from Transformers 2, Star Trek and DreamWorks Animation’s Monsters Vs Aliens have been key drivers, amassing $125m and $175.3m, respectively. Madagascar 2 took $108m of its $415m run in 2009, while Watchmen took $75m.
Sony Pictures Releasing International is believed to have sold roughly $900m in tickets this year, while Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures International has amassed roughly $630m and UPI $600m. Warner Bros Pictures International should cross the $1bn threshold shortly after the release of Harry Potter And The Half-BloodPrince.
Warner Bros’ comedy The Hangover added $7.5m from 1,931 screens in 33 markets to raise the tally to $74.7m. The film added $1.5m in its second weekend in France from 255 screens after a 31% drop for $6.9m, and in its fifth weekend raised the tallies in the UK by $1.9m from 410 sites to $26.8m, and by $1.2m in Australia from 196 screens to $13.3m.
In other key running totals The Hangover has reached $5m in Russia after five, and $3.4m in Italy and $3m in Holland, both after four.
Bruno amassed $20m from 1,435 locations through Universal/UPI in eight Universal territories, led by an $8.1m (£5m) number one debut in the UK in 457 sites that produced the biggest opening Friday for an 18-rated film and the biggest 18 comedy weekend launch, and the second biggest 18-rated launch weekend behind Hannibal. The launch took 35% market share and trailed that of Borat, which earned a 15 rating in the UK, by 8%.
Elsewhere, Bruno took $6.1m (AUD $7.7m) from 22 sites in Australia for 28% market share and the second biggest comedy launch behind Sex And The City as well as Universal’s second biggest debut behind Fast &Furious on AUD $7.9m in April. Germany opened 12% bigger than Borat on $2.9m from 453 sites; Austria finished the weekend 120% ahead of Borat on $650,000 from 76; and Belgium produced $780,000 from 49 sites for second place to Ice Age 3.
Bruno took $900,000 from 88 sites in the Netherlands; $600,000 from 49 in New Zealand; and $106,000 from 45 in South Africa.
The comedy grossed $3.8m from 450 screens in 16 Mandate International territories including German-speaking Switzerland, and $1.3m from 375 screens in three Sony Pictures Releasing International markets. Spain grossed $900,000 from 307 in third place through Sony, while Greece took $225,000 from 30 in second and Portugal grossed $140,000 in third from 38.
There are 30 territories to go through Mandate International and Sony, including France on July 22 through Sony.
- Public Enemies added $8m from 1,645 venues in 17 territories in its second overseas weekend, raising the tally to $16.7m. There are 47 territories to go. The gangster drama opened well in France in second place on $3.8m from 471 sites, and ranks fifth in the UK after $1.8m from 458 raised the running total to $7.6m. State Of Play stands at $45.9m.
- The Proposal added $7m through Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures International from 1,818 sites in 19 territories for $40.7m. The romantic comedy ranked second in Spain after earning $1.4m from 240 and second in Brazil following a $1.2m debut on 180 screens for Sandra Bullock’s best opening.
In the second weekend The Proposal added m in Australia from 241 sites for $10.2m and ranks as the top romantic comedy of the year. Mexico has generated $5.5m after four weekends while in South Africa, Disney recorded its sixth biggest launch on $395,000 from 50 screens. Russia stands at $7m.
- Hannah Montana The Movie added $2.8m from 1,826 screens from 26 territories for $64.4m. Pixar’s Up stands at $52.7m from the early stages and the next major launch will be on July 30 when the film ventures
- Terminator Salvation added $2.2m through Sony from 2,750 screens in 59 markets for $233.3m including non-Sony territories. Sony’s portion is $207.1m.
- Angels & Demons added $1.5m from 1,655 screens in 60 markets for $345.5m, and
- Year One stands at $8.7m from the early stages.
- Knowing opened in Japan in third place on $3m through Summit International. Overall the thriller added $3.2m from 451 screens in ten territories for an $86.8m internaitonal running total.