Around-the-World Roundup: 'Inception,' 'Toy Story 3' Dream Big
by Ray Subers
July 27, 2010
After a limited opening last weekend, Inception expanded in to 38 territories and led the way overseas. Thanks to huge openings in the United Kingdom and Spain, Toy Story 3 also had an impressive weekend. Last week's winner Shrek Forever After came in third place, while The Twilight Saga: Eclipse continued to rapidly lose audience share.
Inception grossed $58.6 million on 5,644 screens, with last weekend's territories dropping a light 31 percent. Most of Inception's earnings came from its new territories, including first place debuts in Japan ($8.9 million), France ($8.1 million), Russia ($7.1 million), South Korea ($6.8 million) and Australia ($6.4 million). Through its second weekend, Inception has racked up a foreign tally of $85.7 million.
Toy Story 3 earned an estimated $52 million in 43 territories, playing in 80 percent of the international marketplace. While its holdover markets decreased 33 percent, over half of the weekend take came from the U.K., where it debuted to $20 million ($30.6 million including weekday previews), and Spain, where it opened to $7.9 million. This was the best opening ever for an animated title in both territories. Overall, Toy Story 3 has earned a massive $351 million overseas for a worldwide total of $730.5 million, and it is now the seventh-highest grossing animated movie ever. Next weekend, the toys invade German-speaking Europe and Portugal.
With no major openings, Shrek Forever After dropped 39 percent to $34.5 million from 57 territories. In two months, Shrek 4 has earned a sizable $363.2 million overseas.
Eclipse fell 52 percent to $20.1 million in 69 territories for an overseas total of $326.4 million. On Sunday, Eclipse passed $600 million worldwide, becoming the fourth movie to do so this year.