Debuting internationally ahead of its U.S. premiere this weekend, RIO flew away with the biggest international opening of the year thus far, writes The Hollywood Reporter. Opening in 72 markets, the animated comedy made approximately $55 million.
The film debuted at #1 in most of those markets. Directed by Carlos Saldanha, the music-filled flick did particularly well in Brazil where it brought in $8.3 million at 1,013 locations, making it the biggest animated opening of all time in the country. In Russia, the film scored the biggest opening of the year with $10.4 million. The next biggest hauls included $5.3 million in Mexico, $3.4 million in Germany, and $2.3 million in the U.K.
The Fox Animation and Blue Sky production opens this week in Canada, France, Belgium and Italy as well.