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Disney Pixar CARS 2: $43 Million International So Far …

Via BoxOfficeMojo

Cars 2 quickly raced in to first place overseas this weekend, and the numbers, at least initially, may have commercially validated Disney-Pixar’s decision to give the sequel a drastic international makeover.

Cars 2 debuted to an estimated $42.9 million from 18 territories (or around 25 percent of the foreign market). According to distributor Walt Disney Pictures, this opening was up 127 percent from the first Cars in the same markets and was also a marked improvement over Up and Ratatouille. Remarkably, though, Cars 2 also tracked four percent ahead of Toy Story 3, which went on to earn a Pixar-best $648.2 million overseas last year.

Leading the way for Cars 2 was a $9.3 million start in Russia, which was more than the entire runs of the first Cars and Toy Story 3. The animated sequel also cruised to wins in Mexico ($8.1 million), Brazil ($7.6 million) and Australia ($5.2 million). Cars 2 had a strong start in Italy as well, though its $5.7 million wasn’t remarkable considering the movie prominently features an Italian racecar and one of the major races is set in Italy.

The first Cars was one of Pixar’s poorest performers overseas with $217.9 million. This was attributed to its small-town America setting and focus on the distinctly American racing sport NASCAR. The studio took major steps to broaden the foreign appeal for the second installment, adding an international espionage plot while sending Lightning McQueen on a World Grand Prix with stops in Japan, Italy and the United Kingdom. Based on the initial results of Cars 2, it’s in great shape to significantly out-perform its predecessor, and a final tally north of $400 million appears to be a good target.

And Disney Pixar might be able to tell how grosses will be based on T5 readers … we are literally read worldwide!

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There were 204 countries at the last Olympics so only about 20 countries did not read TakeFive this month. πŸ™‚

Okay, the Bottom 10 pretty shows 1-2 page views so they pretty much showed up at TakeFiveADay.com and went, ****** ****, this is not a vitamin site! But we’ll take it. πŸ™‚

The bottom 30 above them are under 100 page views so probably one TakeFive/Disney Pixar CARS Diecast fan who is a regular reader! Hello ISLE OF MAN! Good luck on your Kmart Crew Chief returns – sorry dude!

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29 June 2011 Disney Pixar CARS 3 29 Comments

29 Comments

  • buckland-blowouts says:

    Rock n’Roll!!! Every parent I know that has kids in our bracket was up to viewing it…

    Great sequel and all the power to the next one!!!

    Vive cars3!!!

  • buckland-blowouts says:

    Rock n’Roll!!! Every parent I know that has kids in our bracket was up to viewing it…

    Great sequel and all the power to the next one!!!

    Vive cars3!!!

  • Indy says:

    To make things worse,they do not consider Pixar movies or any animated movie to be for adults over here!!
    So they run it for 2 weeks in the evening in the original language at most,after that is is only shown in the afternoon and in dubbed version,cause it’s A kids movie right!!HATE DUBBED MOVIES!!
    Movies like this deserve to be shown longer so you can see it more than once in it’s original format!!So if I want to see it more than once I have to have A budget of at least 50 euro for cinema alone coming 2 weeks!!
    That is if I do not want to see other cool stuff like Transformers 3,Thor or another movie deserved to be seen on the big screen all coming out next weeks!!
    I used to go once a week but now it is down to once or twice every 2 months!!Thanks A lot capitalism!!

    • Jack says:

      Funny but dont feel bad. I only go to the movies a couple times a year and that’s only to take the kids. I am never in a rush to see any movies. There aren’t many that appeal to me anyway.
      The thing is if you hardly ever go to the movies than there are always new movies to watch on cable. Not that many are worth watching anyway. Although I watched 4 Christmas’s not long ago and I have to say that was hilarious.

      • bobbyjack says:

        Before watching Cars 2, the last movie I had seen in the theater was Avatar! Before that was Transformers 2. We don’t go to the movies very often.

        • Jack says:

          Besides a few kids movies here and there that the children wanted to see the last regular movie I went to see was an anniversary date night with my wife several years back when we went to see wedding crashers! but I can watch Rachael McAdams in just about anything. She is one of my all time favorites.
          She would definitely be 1 of my 5 on the Seinfeld list of famous people you would be allowed to…. If you ever had the chance. :).

  • Fillmore1234 says:

    http://images3.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20110620220938/pixar/images/4/42/Cs311_90hcs.sel16.239.jpg

    This is a HD picture of the Racer X in Cars 2. Did anyone else see him in the movie?

  • Tom says:

    Howdy from Radiator Springs to the world!

  • bobbyjack says:

    If it wasn’t for the free movie passes from TRU, we might not have seen it twice either. Yeah, right. Planned all along to go Friday and Saturday. Enjoyed it more the second time. Pretty much knew the plot from my son’s Tag Book. None of the spoilers spoiled anything for me. Couldn’t have had a better movie for my son’s first trip to the movie theatre. Want to take him to see Transformers this week, but I think 2 1/2+ hours might be too much for him to sit through. Maybe we will just go see Cars 2 again.

    • Tom says:

      Five free passes so far, two from TRU, one from the C1 combo pack DVD, one from the MTT DVD, one from the C2 Xbox game (and a TGT $10 gift card), I tried to double-down with the Kmart $10 off coupon but they said no-uhuh. Funny Disney has not made a nickel off us from this movie, the die-casts, well that’s another story!

      • bobbyjack says:

        Not just the diecasts, you got the DVDs, and the Video game too! (…and the t-shirts, the bed sheets, the toothpaste, the toothbrush, the band-aids, the cereal, the fruit snacks, the shoes, the socks, the underwear, the pajamas, the soup, the mac’n’cheese, the posters, the curtains, the tables, the chairs, the carpets, did I miss anything?) They would make even more money in merchandising if they gave away free tickets to everyone.

        • Tom says:

          Hey, the first hit is always free!

        • Tom says:

          Yeah, you forgot the Legos, and the sunglasses!
          Too bad, because except for the food and HBA items the rest probably came from China.

        • quercy says:

          Windshield sunshades, wallpapers, lamps, puzzles, board games, bicycles, cookies, bubble bath, DVD players, CD soundtrack, dishes, dinner placemat, vitamins, diapers, magnets, screen savers, caps, juice, pop-sicles, backpack, coloring books, pens, binders, and arrrrghhhh so many. There are just EVERYWHERE.

          • gododgerblue says:

            Can anyone explain why Disney/Pixar have not promoted Holley merchandise? I thought Disney said that they wanted to get away from the Princess genre because girls wanted characters that could “do something” (I’m paraphrasing, of course). My daughter loves Cars as much as her big brother. How come there are no t-shirts, backpacks, lunchboxes,bedsheets and so on and so forth with Holley (or at least, Holley and Finn)? Seems to me there is a whole segment of the market that isn’t being served.

            By the way, she went to see Cars 2 wearing her big brothers Finn t-shirt. If there was a Holley shirt, she would’ve worn that instead.

            • bobbyjack says:

              I would buy Holley t-shirts for my daughters. If I ever see them.

              • gododgerblue says:

                That’s the point! If… Disney are you listening?

                Shall I continue? What’s up with Mattel not making any Mia and Tia variants; e.g. Heavy Metal Mater Mia and Tia’s (should that be Tiae)? No Geisha cars or other female cars from Tokyo Mater. Mattel are you listening? Sorry, dumb question.

  • Indy says:

    Still have to wait untill 6 july to come out here in Belgium!!
    Having a hard time trying to stay away from all the reviews to keep it fresh!!

  • jestrjef says:

    I have no doubt that this movie will rake in TON’s of viewers worldwide. It will be interesting to see what it will pull in! Hey Disney, can I have .001 percent????? πŸ˜‰

  • cac1959 says:

    Definitely a world-wide theme with Cars2…

    But at $50 (tickets only) for 2 adults and 3 children to see it in the theater, I won’t be seeing it again until it comes out on the Blu-ray/DVD combo pack… we all enjoyed the movie… it’s just a lot of money…

    • Indy says:

      Cheapest tickets in the world are available in the u.s.!!but always complaining!!
      Price in Belgium is 9 to 10 euro for 1 adult alone!!
      Going to the cinema over here is 10 euro cinema,3 euro for a small coke and 4 euro for a small popcorn!!Going to the toilet is 70 cent!!
      And you still have to get there so if you include transport it is almost unpayable!!
      When I go alone this is costing me a minimum of 20 euro just to see a movie!!
      Back in the days when I saw the first Toy Story cinema ticket was 2,50 euro!!
      So you start to make choices and just go when it is A first class movie worthy of watching it on the big screen!!I haven’t missed A pixar movie on the big screen and they are all worth it!!

      (MET: I think if they started to charge for the toilet in the US, people might actually pay for a XL soda and er, reuse it … 😯 ).

      • Jack says:

        Don’t think you won’t see it here Met. They always do things in Europe first before they incorporate it here. We will most likely see this same bathroom fee eventually. I have already seen it at a few beaches and pretty sure they are building some pay toilets in Manhattan. That’s what was in the paper anyway.

      • Jack says:

        Thr damage here was 56.00 for 1 adult and 3 children. 24.50 for 2 small #1’s which consisted of 1 small drink and 1 small popcorn. 80.50 for 1 parent to take three kids to the movie. Guess it’s safe to say the dollar ain’t worth much anymore.

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