Toons and time travelers ruled the B.O. in a bunch of territories over the weekend while the zombies of “Resident Evil” sucked a reasonable amount of money out of Germany.
“Ice Age” was the big winner, amassing $21.7 million from bows in 25 territories and holdovers in a further three, according to Fox Intl. Theatrical president Scott Neeson’s Sunday projections.
The CGI-produced pic wowed Germany to the tune of an estimated $7.7 million in four days on 757 locations, including previews, hailed by Neeson as an all-time animated record in the market, bigger than the combined preems of “Monsters, Inc.” and “Shrek.” Over in Austria, “Ice” drew roughly $970,000 on 95 — another industry toon high.
The prehistoric comedy rang up an estimated $4.3 million in three days on 498 in the U.K., including sneaks; $1.3 million in four days on 219 in Australia; and $1 million in three days on 292 in Brazil. “Age” snowballed in Mexico, earning a socko $8.6 million in 10 days, slipping by a modest 28%.
On the weekend figures alone in Blighty, the Fox/Blue Sky Studios toon was bested by “Ali G Indahouse,” Working Title-produced laffer featuring a popular TV white homeboy character, which mustered a terrif $3.2 million in two days on 396, with Thursday night sneaks.
“Monsters” conquered France, minting an estimated $4 million in five days on 810 screens (15% ahead of “Toy Story 2’s” entry) and retained pole position in its soph session in Italy, where it’s picked up $2.7 million, easing by 15%.
BVI calculated the family pic abated by a mere 10% in its fourth frame in Japan, fetching $4 million, almost certainly the market leader, propelling the local total to $32 million.
The distrib put the “Monsters” weekend haul at $11.8 million, which hoisted the overseas cume to $197 million. With a worldwide gross of $450 million, pic now stands as the fifth most popular toon ever behind “The Lion King,” “Aladdin,” “Toy Story 2” and “Shrek.”
“The Time Machine” reigned in Spain, clocking $1.4 million in three days on 260, according to Warner Bros., which has foreign rights. Warner’s Sunday report also had the Guy Pearce starrer at No. 1 in Singapore, scoring $281,000 on 30.
However, the “Machine” spluttered in Germany, coming in at No. 4 with an estimated $876,000 in four days on 500. The German-lensed “Resident Evil” launched as a solid No. 2, taking roughly $1 million in three days on 316 in its first offshore manifestation.
In Mexico, “Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius” rustled up a lively $1 million in two days on 245, with sneaks, ahead of “Thirteen Ghosts,” which conjured up approximately $1.2 million in five days on 200.