Animated ‘toons continue to make box office headlines around the world, led by Illumination Entertainment’s Despicable Me 2, which has now crossed the $800 million mark worldwide.
Despicable 2 made $10.9 million from 51 international markets over the weekend, bringing the animated sequel’s foreign total to $455.1 million. Combined with the film’s domestic earnings, Despicable Me 2 becomes just the seventh animated movie to earn over $800 million worldwide. With Italy, Japan and South Korea still on the way, there's a chance that the movie will ultimately close with over $900 million.
Meanwhile, Monsters University has quietly become one of Pixar's highest-grossing movies ever. The animated prequel added $19.6 million overseas this weekend, most of which came from a $13 million start in China and a $4.6 million debut in Italy. To date, the CG-animated feature has earned $424.8 million overseas, which ranks fourth all-time for the animation studio. Worldwide, it has grossed $686.6 million—fourth all-time for Pixar—and is reportedly on track will pass $700 million by next weekend.
Jurassic Park 3D expanded into China this week, earned $28.8 million through its first six days. To date, Jurassic Park 3D has earned $44.5 million overseas, which brings its worldwide total to $89.9 million.
Sony’s Elysium added $20 million this weekend, including a $4.78 million debut in the UK. To date, the Neil Blomkamp -directed sci-fi feature has taken in $70 million overseas. In the US, the feature made $7.1 million for a sixth place finish on the box office charts and a new domestic total of $69.1 million.
The Sony feature was beat out by Disney’s Planes, which came in fifth place on the domestic charts with $8.6 million for a total of $59.6 million.
Fox’s Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters came in eighth place domestically, taking in $5.2 million for a total of $48.3 million. Overseas, the film earned an additional $18.2 million for a foreign total of $62.1 million.
Sony’s The Smurfs 2 fell out of the top ten at the domestic box office, coming in at number 13 with $2.8 million; during the CG hybrid film’s four weeks at the North American box office it has brought in a total of $62.6 million.
Fox’s The Wolverine also sank, to 15th place, but the Hugh Jackman-starring film has now earned over $225 million overseas, which makes it the highest-grossing X-Men movie yet.
Box office numbers were obtained on boxofficemojo.com .