While it might have disappointed in North America, Kung Fu Panda 2 is doing well just about everywhere else setting itself on track to pass the original Kung Fu Panda, at least internationally thanks in no small part to the more expensive 3D tickets. Some spots under, Pirates again while The Hangover Part II passed a certain original and obviously, a lot more after the break.
It was June 2008 when Kung Fu Panda was unleashed in theaters to awesome box office results, finishing with a hefty total of $631.7 million worldwide. No surprise that 3 years later we have Kung Fu Panda 2, a sequel with a lot to live up to. 3D was a major new addition that Dreamworks thought would propel Panda to new heights for the series. 26 days later and only $148 million in North America makes it look like they failed but, like with many movies now, international markets save the day once again. Kung Fu Panda 2 made another $58.2 million from 54 countries last weekend for a grand total of $288.2 million so far and $433 million worldwide. With still a few big markets left to open and only Cars 2 stealing audiences (starting this week), Kung Fu Panda 2 is poised to finish with over $600 million worldwide, more then enough to give DreamWorks and Paramount confidence in the already planned Kung Fu Panda 3.
Pirates, arrrrrgh, Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, the Bloomless and Knightless 4th part in the absurdly popular Jerry Bruckheimer and Disney series, grossed another $26.3 million for a bloody gigantic $735.2 million internationally,. That is more then any in the series and second only to 3 other major releases, Lord of the Rings: Return of the King, Titanic and Avatar. The first one will be surpassed in a few days, second and third are out of reach. If we count the rather disappointing North American gross, we get a worldwide total of $956.7 million and that means a few things:
- this is only the 11th movie to ever pass $950 million;
- this is now the 3rd Pirates entry in the top 10 and the 5th Disney movie worldwide;
- just a week or so more and it will become the 8th movie to pass the billion mark;
- Johnny Deep is in 4 of the top 10 highest grossing movies ever worldwide;
- did I mention Pirates are insanely popular?
The Hangover Part II, some might say an average sequel to a great comedy. I would definitely agree with that statement, but this is all you need really, a good first movie and the rest can be mediocre because it will sell regardless. $22.4 million from 55 markets and $257.6 million so far. Worldwide The Hangover Part II is at $490.3 million, more then the $467.4 million of The Hangover, all done without the help of 3D inflated tickets, just a damn good first movie.
This is already longer then it should be so I will keep it real short from here on. X-Men: First Class made another $21 million for $164.6 million and a worldwide of $286.4 million. It passed the original X-Men internationally ($139 million). Green Lantern, number 1 in North America, opened in a few markets with $16 million and will expand in weeks to come. Super 8 is slowly growing with $12.1 million and $21.5 million so far internationally.
Other noteworthy movies:
- Fast Five is now at $591.9 million, 60th worldwide;
- Rio has $468.4 million, 99th worldwide;
- Thor is at $435.3 million, 118th worldwide;