Animated animals overrun overseas

'Madagascar 3' wins again with strong Russian, French returns

Paramount-DreamWorks Animation’s “Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted” grossed $53.8 million at international wickets over the June 15-17 frame, to claim bragging rights overseas for the second-straight weekend, and bring its foreign cume to $158.4 million.

The toon three-peat benefited from strong holds in major markets like Russia ($9.2 million — down just 41% from the previous weekend) and France ($6.2 million — off a mere 27%). Pic has cumed a stellar $35 million in Russia, and $15.9 million in Gaul. In Brazil, “Madagascar” managed to retain the No. 1 spot with $3.9 million and a local cume of $17.5 million.

The pic bowed in 15 mostly smaller markets throughout Eastern Europe; Par will continue its rollout throughout the summer and into the fall.

Universal, meanwhile, extended “Snow White and the Huntsman” into six territories, including Russia, where the fantasy pic earned $6.1 million; and France ($5.1 million). Overall, “Huntsman” improved roughly 25% over the previous weekend, tracking $30.5 million for an overseas cume of $124 million.

The pic cost upwards of $170 million to produce, and has cumed more than $250 million worldwide as of June 20, which gives it solid enough footing financially. “Huntsman” faces considerable competition from newcomers like “The Amazing Spider-Man” and “Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter” in Russia.

Fox’s No. 3-raking “Prometheus,” currently playing in 62 offshore markets, has tallied $129 million overseas. Pic’s worldwide haul reached $218 million through June 17.

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