Everyone seems to love Gru and his minions with the animation scoring the 2nd largest weekend ever for Universal Pictures internationally. Between Despicable Me 2 and Fast and Furious 6, 2013 has been a phenomenal year for the studio.
With a total of 45 markets now showing Despicable Me 2, the animation generated $85.1 million over the weekend for an international total of $151.1 million. That brings the sequel to a worldwide cume of $316.7 million, which means it already made four times its $76 million budget. Considering Despicable Me stopped at $543.1 million worldwide while the sequel is more than halfway there after a week, I believe it’s safe to assume we’re looking at an incredibly popular movie. I know it’s cliche but I’m gonna say it anyway, the sky is the limit here, $700-800 million being very much in the realm of possibility.
People around the world can’t get enough of zombies after World War Z grossed another $45.2 million, off only about 35% from the week before. We could say zeds and Brad Pitt make for a great pair, $207.4 million internationally, $371.1 million worldwide and still going very strong. Now I used to believe World War Z would end up anywhere from $400 million to 450, now $450-500 million seems more plausible.
Summer is always packed with family offerings, 2013 is no different with Monsters University and Despicable Me 2 headlining. Now Disney have always been smart about scheduling their Pixar features, staggering the international release in such a way that it doesn’t have to necessarily go head to head with other animations. That’s why Monsters University made another $29.5 million, largely unaffected by Despicable Me 2. Overall the film sits at $184.4 million internationally and $406.4 million worldwide.
The Lone Ranger started its international run with $24.3 million, nothing to write home about. The $215 million Disney epic has $79.3 million worldwide so far. I’m thinking no way this brings in more than $300-350 million.
Man of Steel rounds out the top 5 at a strong $21.3 million. 26 days in the superhero reboot has $315.6 million internationally and $589.5 million worldwide. With Brazil and Japan still left to open, Man of Steel could still hit $700 million worldwide eventually.