Magazine article Screen International

Hangover, Panda Sequels Score Big at International Box Office

Magazine article Screen International

Hangover, Panda Sequels Score Big at International Box Office

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The Hangover Part II and Kung Fu Panda 2 romped into the international marketplace this weekend, taking $59m and $57m respectively.

The Hangover Part II and Kung Fu Panda 2 romped into the international marketplace this weekend, taking $59m and $57m respectively. Neither, though, could come close to the $122.8m second weekend international take of Pirates Of The Caribbean: On Stranger Tides.

Warner Bros Picture International (WBPI) launched raunchy comedy sequel The Hangover Part II, produced by the studio with Legendary Pictures, on 5,170 screens in 40 international markets. The $59m opening (representing 7.2m admissions) was three times bigger than the opening of the original film in the same markets, said WBPI.

The $190.2m international total achieved by the 2009 original was surprisingly large for an R-rated comedy and WBPI is giving the sequel - which opened in North America this weekend with a record-breaking $86.5m - a big international push.

Part II opened top in the UK with a massive $16.4m from 920 screens in 469 situations, the biggest opening ever in the market for a US comedy, said WBPI, and the biggest opening of any kind this year, beating the high achieved over four days last weekend by fourth Pirates film On Stranger Tides. The sequel opened 183% bigger than the original in the territory.

Part II also knocked Pirates 4 off the top spot in Australia, taking $11.6m (902,000 admissions) from 424 screens, the biggest opening ever in the territory for an MA-rated (under 15 not permitted) release. The opening was 12% bigger than the opening of Pirates 4 and 217% bigger than that of the original film.

In France, Part II generated an estimated $5.8m (approximately 662,000 admissions) from 445 screens, 154% higher on an admissions basis than the opening of the original.

Italy produced an estimated $4.7m (554,000 admissions) from 566 screens, five times higher than the original film; Mexico opened 88% higher than the original, with $3.2m (784,000 admissions) from 849 screens; and Brazil delivered an estimated $2.7m (411,000 admissions) from 325 screens, more than double the opening take of the original.

Kung Fu Panda 2 - which also opened in North America this weekend, grossing $48m over three days - took its weekend tally of $57m from 8,023 locations in 11 international markets.

The DreamWorks Animation 3D sequel, distributed by Paramount/PPI, opened top in nine of its markets, often out-performing the original film, which grossed $416.3m (66% of its global total) internationally in 2008.

In China, Panda 2 grossed $18.5mil from 5,540 positions on its Saturday opening day, the all-time highest debut by a foreign film based on early estimates, according to PPI, and 50% better than the record set last weekend by Pirates 4.

Panda 2 took $15m from 700 locations in Russia, 70% more than the first film's opening (excluding previews of $1.3m) and the third highest opening in the market for an animated film.

In Korea Panda 2 started with $13m from 1,080 situations, the biggest opening this year in the market, the biggest opening ever for an animated film and 60% better than the opening of the original.

In Taiwan the sequel opened with $1.2m from 59 positions, 11% up on the original film.

The sequel also became the biggest opening animation ever in Singapore, where it took $2.3m from 25 locales, 40% better than the original; the Philippines, where it garnered $1.9m from 114 positions, 69% better than the original; Malaysia, with $1. …

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