International box office: 'Transformers' rules again

For the second consecutive week,
Transformers: Dark of the Moon held its top position around the world, grabbing another $93 million in 59 territories, adding to the total global gross of $558 million, according to
The Hollywood Reporter.

The film broke the ten-day record held by the last two Pirates of the Caribbean films and could go on to make $1 billion, but next week Harry Potter might skew the box office, if the advance ticket sales are an indication.

In the US, the second installment of Transformers in 3D also kept the top spot, making another $47 million to become America's biggest movie of 2011, so far.

Despite the 58% decrease from the opening weekend, Michael Bay's sci-fi action bonanza, starring Shia LaBeouf, stayed in first in several places including Korea and the UK, with strong earnings in Australia, Russia and Germany.

Australia also kicked in $7.7 million from 254 spots. Russia weighed in with $7.2 million from 690 sites, Germany came up with $6.6 million from 638 spots while France registered $4.6 million from 700 venues.

Dark of the Moon
opens in China on July 21 and in Japan on July 29, which combined could contribute another $90 million.

Hanging on to the second spot, Cars 2 collected $26.9 million from 27 territories. The animated sequel, featuring the voices of Owen Wilson and Michael Caine, had strong first-place openings in Spain with $5.1 million and $3.3 million in Argentina.

In third place, the animated comedy Kung Fu Panda 2, starring Jack Black and Angelina Jolie, kicked beyond the $400-million mark with another $14.3 million this past weekend in 57 markets.

In fourth, the comedy Bad Teacher starring Cameron Diaz and Justine Timberlake earned $13 million in 30 countries for an international total of $45.7 million over three weeks. It opened in Russia in second with $5.4 million.

Jim Carrey in Mr. Popper's Penguins slid into the fifth spot, opening in 18 markets and taking $10.2 million in 39 territories.

The female-oriented comedy Bridesmaids collected $8 million in 15 territories and another live-action animal comedy, Zookeeper, starring co-writer Kevin James ( Paul Blart: Mall Cop), debuted in 19 markets, collecting $7.5 million, and came in second in Germany, where it generated $3 million from 608 locations.

RC

 

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