Kids ruled the top two spots in the international box office race this past weekend, with "Cars 2" debuting to an eager global audience at No. 1 and "Kung Fu Panda 2" continuing to connect overseas with a solid second-place finish.
The Pixar brand is a worldwide phenomenon, with over $6.6 billion in theatrical revenues to date, and "Cars 2" has added another $42.9 million in international dollars to that total. After a mere three days in release, the animated 3-D film fueled a global gross of $110.9 million. Boasting featured locations around the world, including Tokyo, Paris and the U.K., the film's international flavor resonated with audiences across the globe.
After two consecutive weeks atop the international chart, "Kung Fu Panda 2" shifted to second place, with $37 million for the weekend and a global total approaching $500 million. The international marketplace is seemingly insatiable when it comes to 3-D and has made "Panda" one of the top grossing international releases of the year thus far.
Cameron Diaz and "Bad Teacher" debuted internationally in sixth place, scoring an overseas total of $12.7 million and a global total of nearly $50 million. American comedies continue to find favor in the foreign marketplace, with "The Hangover Part II" in third place and "Bridesmaids" in seventh.
Here are the top 10 movies at international theaters this past weekend, followed by distributor, international gross for the weekend (excluding North America), worldwide gross to date (including North America), and number of weeks in release, as compiled Tuesday by Rentrak and provided by Hollywood.com:
1. "Cars 2," Walt Disney International, $42.9 million, $110.9 million, one week.
2. "Kung Fu Panda 2," Paramount International, $37 million, $493 million, five weeks.
3. "The Hangover Part II," Warner Bros. International, $16.5 million, $527.9 million, five weeks.
4. "Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides," Walt Disney International, $13.5 million, $985.2 million, six weeks.
5. "X-Men: First Class," Fox International, $13 million, $320.1 million, four weeks.
6. "Bad Teacher," Sony Pictures Releasing International, $49.3 million, $49.3 million, one week.
7. "Bridesmaids," Universal Pictures International, $11.5 million, $168 million, two weeks.
8. "Super 8," Paramount International, $10.7 million, $131.2 million, three weeks.
9. "Green Lantern," Warner Bros. International, $7 million, $118.6 million, two weeks.
10. "Mr. Popper's Penguins," Fox International, $3.1 million, $226.7 million, two weeks.
Paul Dergarabedian is president of the Box Office Division of Hollywood.com and a box office analyst for The Associated Press.