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.

The only non-Lego cg film that Warner Animation Group has released besides Smallfoot was the 2016 Storks, which opened with a similar $21.3 million in the U.S., on its way to $72.6 million domestic, and a total of $183.4 million worldwide. Smallfoot should easily reach the domestic and worldwide totals of that earlier film, though WB’s animation division may still have a ways to go before it reaches the Disney/Pixar/Dreamworks/Illumination standard of animation box office success.

Deadline reported that Smallfoot had a budget of around $80 million.

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