Ice Age: The Meltdown from 20th Century Fox and Blue Sky Animation ruled the overseas box office for the fifth straight weekend, earning an estimated $25.3 million in 61 territories, according to The Hollywood Reporter. To date, the animated sequel has raked in more than $350 million in foreign markets. With the estimated $177 it’s earned domestically, the $80 million film has generated more than half a billion dollars worldwide since its March release.
This past weekend, Meltdown reportedly claimed the No. 1 spot in Australia, France, Italy, the U.K. and 12 other territories. Despite tough competition from hit domestic toon Asterix and the Vikings from M6, the French have collectively plunked down approximately $38.6 million to witness the return of Manny the Mammoth and pals. Meanwhile, the Japanese basically said ‘no thanks,’ adding just $2.8 million to the film’s fund over the past two weeks.
The first Ice Age, released in March of 2002, captured $206 million in foreign receipts to drive its worldwide take to around $382 million. The sequel is closing in on the impressive overseas cume of Disney/Pixar’s Monsters, Inc., and has surpassed DreamWorks’ Shrek 2 in foreign ticket sales, though the second coming of the big, green ogre pulled in a whopping $920 worldwide.
Disney’s The Wild, which has rolled out in about half of the international markets, has offered little toon competition overseas, taking in just $22.5 million to date. Meltdown will instead get a run for its money from the Paramount action sequel Mission: Impossible III, opening worldwide this weekend.