With theatrical exhibition across much of North America and Europe still severely disrupted, we’ll take our good box-office news where we can get it. Luckily for us, this weekend saw animated films perform very well in several major markets.
Pixar’s Soul topped the weekend’s international box office with $10.4 million, playing in 13 markets where Disney+ isn’t available. It debuted at the top of the charts in South Korea ($3.5 million) and Russia ($3.3 million). In South Korea, of all the foreign titles that have debuted in the pandemic, only Tenet managed a better opening.
Pete Docter’s feature has now grossed $71.2 million in those 13 markets. The lion’s share comes from China, where its cume stands at $48.2 million after five weekends. Once it passes $51.5 million, it will have overtaken The Incredibles 2 to become Pixar’s second-highest-grossing film in the country (behind Coco and its remarkable $189 million haul).