The big box office story this week: Blue Sky’s Rio opened in 72 countries with an estimated total of $55 million. Its strongest territory was Russia (no surprise) where it earned $11.3 million, the strongest opening in that country since last November’s Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. It also grossed $8.4 million in Brazil making it the country’s top opening ever for an American film. More details on Box Office Mojo:
Rio didn’t fly very high outside of Russia and Latin America. Europe, in particular, greeted the lively birds with only lukewarm figures; Germany led the way with $2.6 million, while the United Kingdom and Spain added $2.5 million and $2.2 million, respectively. The movie earned $3.5 million in China, which was twice as much as Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs, but was still not spectacular given the size of the market. Rio also tallied $2.4 million in Australia.