Regrettable: ‘Ice Age 3’ becomes highest grossing animated film overseas

Posted by · 4:24 pm · August 6th, 2009

Ice Age: Dawn of the DinosaursThose who follow the site know I’m a “Finding Nemo” devotee.  The film has grown on me more and more over the years, and despite landing at #3 on my 2003 top 10, I’ve been toying with the idea of including it in my top 10 films of the decade list (which will be unveiled later in the year).  I’ve always felt a certain security knowing that, not only is it Pixar’s highest grossing film to date, but it is also the second-highest grossing toon worldwide and the top box office dog internationally.

Or at least it was.  In a Variety piece gloomily (to me) titled “Nemo slips on ‘Ice,'” Pamela McClintock gives us this:

Over the weekend, 20th Century Fox’s three-quel “Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs” became the highest-grossing animated title ever overseas, posting a cume of $551.4 million through Sunday.

It took six years for a toon to overtake Pixar and Disney’s “Finding Nemo,” which grossed $524.9 million internationally in its 2003 release.

Depressing.  Chad’s Sunday Cents column on the film’s opening weekend here.  Of course, with Chad’s preference of adjusted figures, this doesn’t move the needle.  But still.

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  • 1 8-06-2009 at 4:29 pm

    AmericanRequiem said...

    Its a shame yes, toy story 3 will get it back next summer. Ice Age 2 was better then 2, I saw it babysitting and thought the actions was alot better then revenge of the falllen, if thats saying anything

  • 2 8-06-2009 at 4:31 pm

    AmericanRequiem said...

    Kris did you read Tree of Life is being released this year and found a distributor???

  • 3 8-06-2009 at 4:46 pm

    j said...

    According to Ropes of Silicon, the release date is not set. I hope it’s next year, because the distributor is also doing my unseen-favorite for BP of the year, Bright Star. Tree of Life can be my unseen-favorite BP for next year, thanks mostly to Sean Penn (my third favorite Oscar winner after Audrey Hepburn & Ang Lee). Looking at RT, Badlands has an average rating of 87 and Days of Heaven has a 95 on MC. So hopefully Malick brings his A-game.

  • 4 8-06-2009 at 5:08 pm

    Kristopher Tapley said...

    Jus tposted something, Req. It’s a 2009 release, but no actual date yet.

  • 5 8-06-2009 at 5:17 pm

    Guy Lodge said...

    I have to beg people to stop quantifying all films — not least cast-iron classics like “Badlands” or “Days of Heaven” — with Metacritic or Rotten Tomatoes numbers. It’s so meaningless and reductive.

  • 6 8-06-2009 at 5:28 pm

    Jim T said...

    Kris, I agree completely on Nemo being included in the decade’s top 10! It is a marvelous movie.

    Guy, I suspect you have a point but could you elaborate? I mean, should we equate a 3 out of 4 stars to a 4 out of 4? That’s what RT does and I think it is a simplification that is not that bad but I think Metacritic’s specific approach is better. The only disadvantage I can see is that some critics are more extreme in their opinions and that can effect the average a lot. But it doesn’t happen that often.Could you please explain your reasoning?

  • 7 8-06-2009 at 6:06 pm

    Andrew said...

    They have less than a year to enjoy that title. Toy Story 3 will take that title back in emphatic fashion when it debuts worldwide next summer

  • 8 8-06-2009 at 6:53 pm

    Gustavo H.R. said...

    I doubt TOY STORY will do it. Why do you all think it will anyway?

  • 9 8-06-2009 at 7:48 pm

    Fernando said...

    it really saddens me, deeply.
    But it is true. Even where I live, in a city where we are only 200 000 people.
    The day when Ice age3 opened, over 2 000 people were in line to see the film.
    It took me about an hour and a half to buy tickets for another movie.
    nedless to say ice age was sold out the 3 first days of screening in 5 screenrooms.

  • 10 8-07-2009 at 1:26 am

    Kristopher Tapley said...

    The more I think about it the more I’m willing to attribute this to the fact that 3D costs a premium. Higher priced tickets is sure to assure a higher box office gross if the film is popular.

  • 11 8-07-2009 at 1:28 am

    Jonathan Spuij said...

    Yeah that might be it really Kris, although I must say I thought the movie was okay, which is more than one could’ve expected.

  • 12 8-07-2009 at 3:43 am

    Ali E. said...

    at this part of the world (Turkey), the Ice Age series is insanely popular. The people literally lose their minds for it… I guess the same goes for many other countries… I really don’t understand why…

  • 13 8-07-2009 at 8:17 am

    Glenn said...

    As somebody from the “international” segment of the world (ya know, the biggest part of the world) I put the blame squarely on Pixar. “Up” hasn’t been released in many countries at all outside of north America and so “Ice Age 3” is the first big kids film since “Monsters vs Aliens” back in March. “Up” has made $100mil more than “IA3” in the US, which I think proves it. The movie purely and simply had NO competition so it was able to blitz the competition with its bright colours, its 3D and its big stars.

    It’s not rocket science.

  • 14 8-07-2009 at 8:47 am

    TIM said...

    Glenn, your comment should of been first because now my mind is at peace….LOl and I can move on to the next article without being worried how an ice age movie could out gross pixar for goodness sake. with inflation AND 3-D…what is the world of box office coming to! LOL