In the battle of the sequels at the international box office, Pixar-Disney’s Cars 2 flew past the checkered flag over the weekend, opening at $42.9 million.
Although it played in fewer countries, Cars 2 outgrossed DreamWorks Animation’s Kung Fu Panda 2.
Cars 2 was screened in 3,129 locations in 18 overseas countries, making $13,710 per venue. Disney called the results “25% of our potential performance.”
This was also 127% ahead of the amount from the original Cars (2006), which grossed $217.9 million overseas. Disney pointed out that the Cars 2 opening beat by 80% that of Up (2009), which made a total of $438.3 million abroad.
According to Disney, the opening three-day gross total worldwide reached $110.9 million. The largest overseas markets for Cars 2 markets were Russia ($9.3 million), Mexico ($8.1 million), Brazil ($7.6 million), Italy ($5.7 million) and Australia ($5.2 million).
Kung Fu Panda 2 was seen in over three times as many countries overseas this past weekend as Cars 2. Although it had led the foreign box office for the previous two weekends, the bruin sequel fell to No. 2, having made $32.9 million at 10,467 venues in 46 countries.
Released by Paramount, the 3D animated movie has made $336 million since it debuted overseas May 26. In Australia this past weekend, it premiered at No. 2 (after Cars 2), collecting $4.87 million from 448 movie houses.
Still in theaters overseas, Universal Pictures’ Hop has made a total of $69.2 million.