Minions pass the original overseas as "Turbo" and "Pacific Rim" show promise
“Despicable Me 2’ was the No. 1 film at the worldwide box office for the third week running, as the minions added another $35.4 million from overseas this weekend.
That ups its international total to $308 million and pushes it past the lifetime international gross of the original, which took in $293 million from abroad in 2010. Combined with its U.S. gross of $276 million, “Despicable Me 2” is now at $587 million worldwide.
Two films off to slow starts at the domestic box office, received some good news from overseas.
“Pacific Rim” was No. 2 at the foreign box office this weekend, just behind “Despicable Me 2,” rolling up $34.8 million. That brings the foreign total for Guillermo del Toro’s 3D giant robots epic to $110 million and more than $178 million worldwide.
And DreamWorks Animation’s 3D family film “Turbo” brought in a solid $22.6 million from 28 markets for distributor Fox, roughly a quarter of its eventual foreign rollout.
"Red 2" began its international rollout this weekend in 11 markets and took in $7.6 million. It opened No. 1 in South Korea with a strong $5.2 million.