March 5, 2012


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Written by: Mitch Metcalf
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>Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax joins the worldwide box office chart this week, already ranked #7 out of 45 films released the last three months, but that ranking is based on a current zero tally of overseas receipts.   Based on recent animated films, we would expect The Lorax to gross somewhat more than its domestic total overseas.  Despicable Me grossed $543 million worldwide ($251 million domestic and $292 million overseas).  How to Train Your Dragon grossed $495 million worldwide ($218 million domestic and $277 million overseas).  Another Dr Seuss animated adaptation, Horton Hears a Who!, was more of a minor hit overall but resonated worldwide: $297 million total ($154 million domestic and $143 million overseas).  If Lorax hits our estimated domestic final of $227 million, we would give it an estimated $250 million overseas for a worldwide total just short of $480 million and just behind Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows (at #3 among recent releases).

Project X finds itself in the middle of the pack on the worldwide list, at #29.  We estimate a $30 million overseas gross when all is said and done, which would place it at #20, just behind We Bought a Zoo worldwide.  

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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.