Whether Rio 2 achieved the number one spot is irrelevant in this case. The Carlos Saldanha-directed film performed close to expectations for the U.S. market, which isn’t as important for Blue Sky franchises as other studios. In fact, none of the Ice Age sequels or the original Rio made more than 30% of their global gross in the United States. True to that trend, Rio 2 will end up performing disproportionately stronger in overseas markets than in the United States. Last weekend, the film pulled in $62.3M from foreign territories, boosting its international total to $125.2M.
Meanwhile, Disney’s Frozen scored an additional $8.4M from global audiences, mostly from Japan where it has been the number one film for five weeks in a row. Its global total of $1.11 billion has now surpassed Skyfall to reach 8th place on the highest-grossing films of all-time list.
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