Woo Hoo! Simpsons Still Tops Overseas

The Simpsons Movie from 20th Century Fox was the top box office draw overseas for a third consecutive week, according to Daily Variety. The animated comedy squeezed another $23.2 million out of 59 markets, even as Disney/Pixar’s Ratatouille continues to roll out in more territories. The CG rat flick, which enjoyed the biggest toon opening in France last weekend, took in about $4 million less than Simpsons.

Domestically, The Simpsons Movie picked up another $11 million over the weekend and slipped a notch to No. 3 behind Universal’s The Bourne Ultimatum ($33 million) as New Line Cinema’s action sequel Rush Hour 3 debuted at No. 1 with an estimated $50.2 million. The Jackie Chan/Chris Tucker vehicle was also the top choice among moviegoers in the U.K., where it grossed approximately $5.2 million in 400 theaters.

The U.K. has been especially kind to Homer and the clan, accounting for $60 million of the movie’s foreign gross of $230 million. The weekend results made The Simpsons Movie the first non-sequel to hold on to the overseas title for three weeks straight this summer. The feat was previously accomplished by DreamWorks Animation’s Shrek the Third, Sony/Columbia’s Spider-Man 3 and Disney’s Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End.

Only about half way into its foreign deployment, Ratatouille has earned an estimated $120 million abroad. The toon opened at No. 1 in Hong Kong, Switzerland and Hungary over the weekend and will continue to roll out in more territories well into the fall as it faces less competition from popular sporting events. The last Disney/Pixar effort, Cars, followed a similar release pattern last summer and ended up with $360 million in foreign receipts.

The third Pirates of the Caribbean film remains the summer’s top overseas performer, having raked in around $647 million, more than double its domestic take. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix remains magical in its fifth week of release abroad and is close to overtaking Spider-Man 3 for second place. The wizard flick is just $2 million behind The Simpsons Movie in foreign grosses this frame, which saw it earn an estimated $21 million from 61 markets.