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International Top of the Chart: Toy Story Climbs Back to the Top

July 28th, 2010

For the first time in nearly a month, Toy Story 3 climbed back into first place on the international chart with $63.52 million on 7,612 screens in 46 markets for a total of $366.83 million internationally and $746.25 million worldwide. It became only the third Pixar film to reach $700 million, and it overtook Up for second place in the company's history. Overall it is one of only 40 films to reach $700 million, while it it about to overtake the first Chronicles of Narnia film for 35th place all time. By this time next week, it should be the 25th film to reach $800 million worldwide, and it is still has major market openings next week, and next month. Where will it go from here? Well, $500 million internationally and $900 million worldwide is practically guaranteed, and it could become the second release of 2010 to reach $1 billion in total.

The film's big opening of the weekend was in the U.K. where it crushed the competition with $32.83 million on 562 screens, which is a record for an animated film and the second best for the industry as a whole. That number does include previews, but given the result, that's hardly an issue. To further put this into perspective, this is more than Iron Man 2 made in that market in total. By this time next week, it might be able to top Alice in Wonderland's yearly best of $64.44 million, while $100 million is a good target. The other major market Toy Story 3 debuted in was Spain, where it also set a record for an animated film with $8.99 million on 719 screens, again including previews.

As far as holdovers go, the movie had the best week-to-week hold in the top ten in Japan, down just 26% to $6.15 million on 533 screens for a three-week total of $44.53 million. It was down just 30% in Hong Kong, which allowed it to remain in first place with $2.26 million on 111 screens over the weekend and $7.08 million in total. It was nearly as strong in France, down just 33% to $5.61 million on 758 screens over the weekend for a total of $15.66 million after two.

The second place film on the international chart was Inception, which was quite close behind, but we will get to that film, and the rest of the multimillion dollar movies, over the weekend.

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Filed under: International Box Office, Toy Story 3