“Cars 2″ led domestic animation grosses in 2011

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Cars 2

Cars 2

Pixar-Disney’s sequel “Cars 2” was the seventh most successful movie at the North American box office — and the only animated film in the top 10 — according to Box Office Mojo, an online movie publication and box office reporting service.

Cars 2 grossed a total of $191.5 million, slightly more than half that of the live-action Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2, which led the United States and Canadian box office at $381 million.

Another sequel, DreamWorks Animation’s Kung Fu Panda 2, was 13th with $165.2 million. Puss In Boots was 15th with $143.9 million.

In close 16th and 17th places, respectively, were Fox’s Rio ($143.6 million) and Sony’s partly animated The Smurfs ($142.6 million). Rango placed 19th with $123.3 million.

Universal’s partly computer-animated Hop was 22nd with $108.1 million. Disney’s Gnomeo & Juliet (No. 28) collected just under $100 million.

The 3-D re-release of Disney’s 1994 The Lion King made $94.2 million for 31st place. Also a Disney release, the partly animated The Muppets made $78.9 million for 38th place.

Released just under two weeks ago, Fox’s Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chip-Wrecked stands at 46th with $69.8 million. The Warner Bros. flop Happy Feet Two was 50th with $60.3 million.

In 64th place, Sony/Aardman Animation’s Arthur Christmas has made $44.1 million since its November 23 release.

A late starter in North America (released December 21), Paramount’s The Adventures Of Tintin: Secret Of The Unicorn is 93th with $31.7 million. In 99th place is Disney’s Winnie The Pooh ($26.7 million).

Animated films fared much better abroad than in North America.

Overseas, Kung Fu Panda 2 was the most successful animated film at the box office, making $500.4 million to place fourth. In fifth place, The Smurfs made $419.9 million.

Cars 2 was eighth abroad ($360.4 million), while Rio came ninth ($341 million).

Puss In Boots was 13th ($247.4 million). In the next spot was The Adventures Of Tintin ($239.1 million).

The 25th spot went to Rango, which made $121.9 million. Gnomeo and Juliet was 37th with an even $94 million; Arthur Christmas was 40th with $90 million.

Hop was 49th with $75.9 million, and the 3D The Lion King was 52th with $69.6 million. Warner Bros. dog Happy Feet Two was in 58th place with $61.5 million.

The Japanese animated release Gekijouban Pokketo monsutâ Besuto wisshu: Pikutini to kuroku eiyuu Zekuromu (Pokemon: Best Wishes) was 68th ($53 million). The animated drama Kokuriko-zaka kara (From Up On Puppy Hill) was 69th ($52.1 million). Yet another anime, Meitantei Conan: Chinmoku no kuôtâ (Detective Conan: Quarter of Silence), was 83th with $42 million.

Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked was 84th with $41.3 million.

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