International box office: 'Despicable Me' takes the top spot
Monday 18 October 2010
After 15 weeks in theaters around the world, the computer-animated film
Despicable Me reached number one at the international box office this weekend.
The family film in 3D, featuring the voices of Steve Carell (
Date Night, Get Smart), Russell Brand (
Get Him to the Greek) and Julie Andrews earned $25.7 million in 54 countries after gradually rolling out.
Ticket sales were boosted by school holidays, bringing the total to $168.6 million outside North America and $415.6 worldwide.
Despicable Me opened in nine countries this weekend including the UK, where it came in first place, Italy and Norway. It also held the top position in Germany and Spain.
From the makers of Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs, the film was directed by Pierre Coffin and Chris Renaud, following the story of a criminal mastermind who is changed by a trio of orphan girls.
It will be released in ten more countries including Japan on October 29.
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