While there are currently no wholly animated films in the top ten of the U.S. box office, Laika’s The Boxtrolls began its foreign rollout across eight territories last weekend.
The film scored a first-place debut in the UK with $3.4 million. The debut pales in comparison to the $13.3 million UK debut of How to Train Your Dragon 2 and the $13.5 million debut of The LEGO Movie, but is similar to Laika’s previous UK openings: $3.7 million for Coraline and $2.3 million for ParaNorman.
In Mexico, Boxtrolls bowed in second place with $1.8 million. In Sweden, Boxtrolls opened in fourth place with $168,000 from 111 theaters, while in Denmark, the film debuted in the sixth spot with $83,000 from 55 theaters. Both the Swedish and Danish openings were the best-ever for a Laika film in those markets. The film’s total gross to date is $5.7 million.
The Boxtrolls, directed by Graham Annable and Anthony Stacchi, will be released in the U.S. on September 26.