Monthly Archives: July 2012

“Ice Age 4″ surpasses $500 million

Ice Age: Continental Drift

Ice Age: Continental Drift

Ice Age: Continental Drift” grossed $50.7 million at 15,932 screens in 69 foreign countries over the weekend, raising its overall gross abroad to $516.3 million.

The second highest-grossing movie overseas this past weekend, Ice Age: Continental Drift – the fourth installment of the computer-animated franchise — has now made nearly as much as 2009 Ice Age: Dawn Of The Dinosaurs, the series’ most successful entry, which made a total of $693.9 million abroad.

Opening in first place in China this weekend, Continental Drift made $15.7 million in about 3,500 locations.

National records for a Fox animated film were set during opening weekends in South Korea ($3 million at 501 venues) and in India ($1.6 million on screens).

Leading the foreign box office this weekend was Warner Brothers’ live-action The Dark Knight Rises. It made $126.2 million at 17,200 locations in 57 countries during its second weekend.

Pixar’s Bravewas No. 5 internationally, making $9.6 million for a total foreign gross of $92 million. It was seen in 24 countries, which distributor Disney says is about 38% of the international market. North American revenues now total $217.3 million.

DreamWorks Animation’s Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wantedopened in first place in Spain ($2.6 million at 395 theaters) and Portugal ($1.1 million at 67 locations for an average of nearly $16,000 per venue). Over the weekend, it made a total of $6.9 million at 2,366 venues in 41 countries for a cumulative foreign total of $291.7 million. Distributor Paramount will open movie this week in seven countries, including Japan and Hong Kong.

Universal’s 3D animation Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax opened in second place in the United Kingdom, where a month of school holidays began. There, it made $2.9 million at 502 venues. It opened in China to garner $964,000 million on 1,060 screens. Overall, it made $5.9 million at 3,506 venues in 13 countries this weekend, contributing to a foreign cumulative total of $110.6 million.

Another Universal release, the partly animated Ted, made $2.7 million this weekend at 497 locations in 10 countries for a foreign total of $44.1 million.

Illumination brings its Minions

The Minions

The Minions

The Minions — yellow creatures who were Groo’s henchmen for Groo in the animated hit Despicable Me — will star in a feature film to be released by Universal in 2014.

For its fifth feature film distributed by Universal, Chris Meledandri’s Illumination Entertainment is making a spinoff movie based on the Minions.

As yet untitled, the film is an original story that will repeat characters that originated in Despicable Me, but which will introduce new characters as well. The new movie will feature the yellow fellows’ shenanigans as they deal with human characters.

Brian Lynch has already written the script. Pierre Coffin has been signed to direct, while Kyle Balda will co-direct. The co-director of Despicable Me, Coffin is directing the sequel with Chris Renaud. Both will do the voices for the Minions as well. Balda and Renaud co-directed Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax for Illumination Entertainment.

Meledandri and Janet Healy will produce the Minions film. Renaud is the executive producer.

CG 3D animation will be done in Paris by Illumination Mac Guff, which Universal purchased last fall to do the work for Illumination’s family films

With a $69 million budget, Despicable Me (2010) grossed over $540 million worldwide. It then became the Orlando theme park ride Despicable Me Minion Mayhem.

Pre-production on the untitled Minions film will deliberately coincide with production of the sequel Despicable Me 2 so that the movies can come out a year apart.

Now in production, Despicable Me 2 will be released July 3, 2013. The sequel features the return of Steve Carell, while Kristen Wiig and Al Pacino will also be in the voice cast.