Kung Fu Panda 2 comes second in battle of sequels

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Kung Fu Panda 2

True to its numeral, Dream­Works Animation’s “Kung Fu Panda 2″ came in a solid sec­ond at the North Amer­i­can box office over the Memo­r­ial Day weekend.

Between Fri­day and Sun­day, Kung Fu Panda 2 made $48 mil­lion at its open­ing week­end, although that’s con­sid­er­ably below the $60.2 mil­lion col­lected by 2008’s Kung Fu Panda when it first reached movie houses.

Since its Thurs­day open­ing, Kung Fu Panda 2 has drawn $53.8 mil­lion. Its dis­trib­u­tor, Para­mount, esti­mates that the con­tin­u­ing adven­tures of Po and pals will gather $68.2 mil­lion by the time the hol­i­day week­end ends Mon­day night.

As well, Kung Fu Panda 2 gar­nered $57 mil­lion in 11 over­seas coun­tries, includ­ing $18.5 mil­lion in China.

The DWA sequel fared much below another sequel — the live-action The Hang­over Part II, which opened at $86.5 million.

Accord­ing to stu­dio esti­mates Sun­day, Hol­ly­wood should be set­ting a new rev­enue record for the long Memo­r­ial Day weekend.

Domes­tic grosses from Fri­day to Sun­day totaled about $220 mil­lion. Monday’s results should mean that the four-day week­end will end with about $270 mil­lion, com­pared with the pre­vi­ous $254.6 mil­lion Memo­r­ial Day record set in 2007, said Hollywood.com box-office ana­lyst Paul Dergarabedian.

[Via Asso­ci­ated Press — http://news.yahoo.com/…_en_ot/us_box_office]

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