June 26, 2011


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Written by: Mitch Metcalf
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Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides hits an even $1 billion worldwide, while Kung Fu Panda skips past Rio right on the heels of Hangover Part II.  Cars 2 debuts at #10 with a lot of upside.

Read more and see the updated Top 20 chart by clicking below.

Super 8 is starting to get a little traction overseas as it plays in more territories, now at #16 and probably headed for a spot just outside the top 10.

Not shown on the chart, Bad Teacher debuted at #23 with an estimated $118 million worldwide (estimated $100 million domestic total and $18 million overseas to date).  Also, Mr Popper’s Penguins sits at #39 with $70 million worldwide (estimated $65 million domestic total and only $5 million overseas to date).

Year to date, the 63 films released in 2011 have grossed almost $9.0 billion worldwide, with $4.4 billion coming from North America and $4.6 million from overseas.

The International numbers have been posted late Monday or early Tuesday in the past, but we are going to try to post them Sunday afternoon as often as possible because of the importance of the overseas markets.

About the Author

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.