According to Daily Variety, DreamWorks Animation’s Madagascar beat out Warner Bros.’ Batman Begins for the No. 2 spot at the overseas box office over the weekend. The latest CG toon from Jeffrey Katzenberg and crew earned $15.8 million in 27 markets, just barely besting the $15.7 million raked in by the caped crusader’s return to the screen.
Released more gradually than Batman, Madagascar still has some catching up to do in foreign markets where Batman Begins has earned $114.7 million to Madagascar’s $78.8 million. Still, the tale of spoiled zoo animals struggling o find their way in the wild is performing better than DreamWorks last animated release, Shark Tale, in a number of markets including Poland and South Africa. The pic seems to be finding the most love in France, where it picked up another $3.3 million over the weekend.
Of course, Steven Spielberg’s War of the Worlds tops the overseas charts with more than $102 million, which falls short of the $144.7 million yearly record set by Star Wars: Episode III–Revenge of the Sith over a five-day period in May.