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.