WALL-E may be leading the animation pack for awards and accolades, but MADAGASCAR 2 is the big earner at the international boxoffice this holiday season. Not really surprising considering WALL-E had a summer release. However, with the Christmas week upon us, the studios are breathlessly awaiting the end of year numbers. According to The Hollywood Reporter, THE DAY THE EARTH STOOD STILL was overtaken by
“Madagascar 2″ opened No. 1 in Italy ($6.5 million from 463 screens), Australia ($4.4 million from 267), New Zealand ($415,000 from 76) and Hong Kong ($465,000 from 43). In Germany, it held the No. 1 position for a third weekend, with $4.8 million from 742 locations for a market cume of $26.6 million. Market cumes to date include $21.6 million from France, $18.7 million from the U.K. and $12.1 million from Mexico. Overall, foreign gross has reached $218.5 million.
In the domestic boxoffice, THE TALE OF DESPEREAUX came in third under YES MAN and SEVEN POUNDS, making $10 million its opening weekend according to AWN.