June 20, 2011


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Written by: Mitch Metcalf
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Green Lantern debuts on the Worldwide Ranking at #15, while Mr Popper’s Penguins appears outside the Top 20.  Pirates of the Caribbean closes in on $1 billion worldwide.
Green Lantern debuts at #15 on the Top 20 Worldwide list with a very limited overseas release so far, while Mr Popper’s Penguins finds itself way down at #39.  Super 8 has moved into the Top 20 (#19) with a limited overseas tally starting to come in.  Kung Fu Panda 2 has moved past Thor to take the #5 spot and now has an overseas total greater than Hangover Part II.  With a little luck overseas, Panda could tie Hangover in terms of worldwide gross.  And the #1 movie — by far — is Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, which is very close to $1 billion worldwide.  Only the final Harry Potter movie will seriously challenge this worldwide total. 

Year to date, the 61 wide release American films have grossed about $8.4 billion worldwide, with $4.1 billion coming from North America and fully $4.3 billion from overseas. 


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Mitch Metcalf
MITCH METCALF has been tracking every US film release of over 500 screens (over 2300 movies and counting) since the storied weekend of May 20, 1994, when Maverick and Beverly Hills Cop 3 inspired countless aficionados to devote their lives to the art of cinema. Prior to that, he studied Politics and Economics at Princeton in order to prepare for his dream of working in television. He has been Head of West Coast Research at ABC, then moved to NBC in 2000 and became Head of Scheduling for 11 years.