American Pie 2 and Cats & Dogs have become the latest in an unusually long list of titles to have crossed the $100m mark in international box office this year, both passing the milestone over the weekend.
Since its international debut in Israel on Sept 13, where it has now taken $1.3m, Pie 2 has grossed $100.5m for distributor UIP. The film has proved particularly popular in Germany, the UK and France where it has recorded figures of $29.4m, $24.9m and $15.5m respectively.
This weekend saw yet more strong openings as the comedy sequel claimed top spots in New Zealand ($271,356 from 46 screens), Hungary ($306,984 from 27) and Thailand ($289, 257 on 63). Other strong turn outs include Italy ($4.5m to date), Austria ($3.24m), Switzerland ($3.2m), The Netherlands ($2.8m) and Belgium ($2.5m).
American Pie 2 has yet to open in several major territories including Japan, Australia, Korea, Spain and most of Latin America. Spain, Australia and Korea will all receive the film during the first week of December this year. In the US the sequel has grossed $144.4m.
Cats & Dogs, distributed in most territories by Warner Bros, claimed a further $1.35m from 1,597 screens in 34 territories over the weekend bringing its total gross to $101.4m. Cats & Dogs film played particularly well in the UK where it has grossed $32.5m to date and currently stands as the third highest earner of the year in the territory behind Bridget Jones's Diary and Shrek. Other notable territories include Australia ($8.4m so far), Germany ($4.6m), Italy ($2.5m after just three weeks on release) and Brazil ($1.8m). In the US its gross stands at $93.4m.
Other titles to have passed the $100m mark internationally this year include: Cast Away, Miss Congeniality, Bridget Jones's Diary, Spirited Away, Pearl Harbor, The Mummy Returns, Shrek, Planet Of The Apes, Jurassic Park III, Hannibal, Lara Croft: Tomb Raider, AI: Artificial Intelligence and What Women Want.