According to The Hollywood Reporter, Sony’s feature CLOUDY WITH A CHANCE OF MEATBALLS reigned supreme this weekend at the US boxoffice, pouring in $30.1 million. Opening on 1,828 RealD 3D and Imax screens, MEATBALLS was the 3D movie of the weekend. The Sony film is doing well internationally as well.
Opening overseas at 1,238 screens in 15 markets, Sony’s “Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs” in 3D got off to an unimpressive start with a total boxoffice gross of $6 million. It ranked No. 5 on the weekend. Premiering overseas simultaneously with its No. 1 domestic bow, the family-oriented animation outing, based on Ron and Judi Barrett’s book about a scientific experiment causing food to rain from the sky, premiered No. 1 in the U.K. with $2.8 million from 537 sites.
Though the world is eating up MEATBALLS, this weekend showed a surprising rise in international popularity in Disney/Pixar’s UP. This weekend UP took the number 1 spot in the world boxoffice with $13.7 million. From it’s release in May, UP has been showing in a plethora of foreign markets, and keeping a steady flow. The Hollywood Reporter says,
Disney has said that “Up” on a local currency basis is so far on track to exceed the final foreign tallies of Pixar predecessors “Wall-E” (total overseas b.o. of $310 million) and “Ratatouille” ($415 million). ”Up” has generated cumes of $38 million from France, $6.7 million from Brazil, $8.5 million from Australia and $32.4 million from Spain — making it that market’s biggest animation release of all time.