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Around-the-World Roundup: 'Panda' Victorious Again

by Ray Subers
Kung Fu Panda 2

June 21, 2011

For the second weekend in a row, Kung Fu Panda 2 dominated the foreign market with over $50 million. Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides continued its march to $1 billion, while The Hangover Part II reached an important milestone. Domestic champ Green Lantern also opened in a handful of territories, though its initial results weren't that encouraging.

Kung Fu Panda 2 added $58.2 million from 54 markets for an overseas total of $284.2 million. It took first place in most of its ten new markets, including France ($8.6 million), Germany ($6.5 million) and Spain ($3 million). It also continued to play well in holdover markets like Mexico ($5.1 million) and the United Kingdom ($3.7 million). With an opening in Australia next weekend (and Japan and Italy still on the horizon), the animated sequel should eventually pass the original Kung Fu Panda's $416.3 million foreign total.

Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides dipped 42 percent to $26.3 million, which brought its foreign total to an incredible $732.3 million. It's set to pass The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King's $742.1 million later this week to become the third highest-grossing movie ever overseas behind James Cameron's Avatar and Titanic. Add in its disappointing domestic haul and the movie has racked up a worldwide total of $952.2 million. On Monday, it moved ahead of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1 ($954.5 million) to enter the all-time Top Ten, and it's on course to cross the $1 billion worldwide mark sometime next week.

The Hangover Part II fell 43 percent to $22.4 million from 55 markets for a foreign total of $257.6 million. That takes its worldwide gross past $490 million, surpassing the original Hangover's $468 million. With Spain and Japan opening over the next two weeks, The Hangover Part II seems poised to end up with around $550 million. As if there was any doubt before, it now looks inevitable that the Wolf Pack will be back for The Hangover Part III.

Declining 49 percent in its third weekend, X-Men: First Class added $21 million for a total of $162.2 million. It held on well in South Korea, where it earned $2.1 million and topped debuts from Super 8 and Green Lantern. It also added $2 million in the U.K., $1.8 million in France and $1.6 million in Brazil. It still has a decent chance of reaching $200 million, which would place it second among X-Men movies behind X-Men: The Last Stand.

Green Lantern opened in a handful of territories and earned $16 million. It's top territory was the U.K. with $4.1 million, which was less than half of what Thor and X-Men: First Class debuted to this Summer. It also grossed $2.4 million in Russia, which was way off from Thor and First Class as well. The comic book adaptation is set for a gradual worldwide expansion over the next few months.

Super 8 expanded in to a total of 29 territories this weekend and earned $12.1 million. It had a solid $4.3 million start in Russia, and it also debuted to $1.9 million in South Korea. Neither of these were blockbuster debuts, though it did finish ahead of Green Lantern in both territories. Through its first two weekends, the J.J. Abrams-Steven Spielberg adventure has earned $21.6 million overseas.

After a few weeks in some small territories, Bridesmaids expanded in to Australia and New Zealand and grossed $7.3 million. The majority of that came from its impressive $6.8 million debut in Australia (at least $1.6 million of which came from previews last weekend). It moves in to the U.K., Russia and at least 18 other markets this weekend.

Ahead of its U.S. release, Bad Teacher opened to a solid $3.2 million in the U.K. It's set to rollout in to 20 additional European markets corresponding with its domestic release.

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Last Weekend:
'Panda' Topples Mighty 'Pirates'

Domestic Report:
'Green Lantern' Not the Brightest Bulb

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