There’s two ways to look at this weekend’s box office for Warner Bros.’ Smallfoot and both of them would be accurate: It opened in second place in the U.S. with an underwhelming $23 million, or it was the top-grossing film in the world. We’ll choose the latter option.
With the additional $14 million the Karey Kirkpatrick-directed film earned from international box office, Smallfoot ended its weekend with $37 million worldwide, making it the #1 film at the worldwide box office. That’s a respectable start for the film, though it’s unlikely to end up becoming a franchise starter for the studio.
Internationally, Smallfoot launched in 49 markets on 8,045 screens. It secured the no. 1 spot in both Brazil ($1.3 million) and Mexico ($3.6 million), and in the latter country, it was the best-ever launch for a Warner Bros. animated film. Major markets like U.K., France, Japan, China, and Russia are still to come later in October.