Audiences in the U.S. will have to wait until next week to catch Dreamworks’ long-awaited sequel Puss in Boots: The Last Wish, directed by Joel Crawford, but the film has already premiered in 24 territories globally and managed an impressive $8.9 million over its first weekend in cinemas.
The film’s opening weekend haul was good enough for second at the international box office, despite playing in far fewer territories than most of the other films on the list. Only Black Panther: Wakanda Forever made more abroad ($11.8 million), playing in 50 territories. In terms of global gross, U.S. included, Puss in Boots finished third behind Black Panther ($22.9 million) and Violent Night ($12.3 million).
The last big international animation release, Disney’s Strange World, only managed $9.2 million from 43 overseas markets during its opening weekend, making Puss in Boots’ first weekend look all the more impressive. Things haven’t gotten better for Strange World either, with the film only able to pull in another $7.3 million worldwide over the recent weekend from 44 territories, U.S. included.