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“Rio” huge overseas, as well

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: “Rio” isn’t just a hit … it’s a blockbuster.

With a Sunday estimate of $40 million over its opening weekend at the domestic box office, “Rio” laid claim to the highest opening-weekend gross of 2011. That’s impressive for Carlos Saldanha and the creative team at Blue Sky (though it’s likely to be short-lived once the summer movies start opening to huge numbers).

But to truly appreciate the power of “Rio,” check out its international box. The animated film opened overseas first, and has gone on to earn an estimated $129.1M at the global box office, THR reports.

This looks to be a juggernaut for 20tht Century Fox, once you factor in the markets it has yet to reach, plus the inevitable push the family oriented film will receive on home video.

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Sean O'Connell is a nationally recognized film critic. His reviews have been published in print ('The Washington Post,' 'USA Today') and online (AMC FilmCritic.com, MSN's Citysearch) since 1996. He's a weekly contributor to several national radio programs. He is a longstanding member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA), the Online Film Critics Society (OFCS), and the Southeastern Film Critics View all articles by Sean O'Connell Association (SEFCA).

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One Comment

  • April 19, 2011 | Permalink |

    I really loved watching the movie twice I’m gonna watch it again will be thrice 🙂

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