Madagascar Holds Overseas B.O. Lead

DreamWorks Animation’s Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa had a great holiday run, leading the foreign box office for a third consecutive week. The sequel has now taken in roughly $340 million in overseas markets, outdoing its predecessor by $2 million, according to Daily Variety. The film did particularly well in France this past weekend, holding strong with $5.1 million. Another $3.5 million came from Germany, where attendance was down only 17% in its fourth week. The CG comedy debuted in Poland to $3.8 million, marking the country’s second best opening ever.

With kids out of school for the holidays, other animated releases enjoyed brisk business overseas as well. Still rolling out internationally, Disney’s Bolt earned approximately $11.9 million in 25 markets, bringing its international gross to roughly $64 million. In South Korea, the film enjoyed the biggest opening ever for a Disney animated feature, fetching $2.4 million. Fellow Disney toon WALL’E saw a 180% bump in Japan, earning $3.7 million in its fifth weekend to top the country’s box-office chart. The Pixar production has now made approximately $298 million overseas. Meanwhile, Universal’s The Tale of Despereaux added $3.4 million to bring its early overseas gross to roughly $13 million.

Disney’s family fantasy-comedy Bedtime Stories took in an estimated $21.2 million in 22 markets over the holiday period, bringing its international total to about $44 million. Fox’s sci-fi remake The Day The Earth Stood Still earned another $12.1 million, bringing its overseas cume to an estimated $128.6 million.