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Feb 5, 2010, 3:46 PM
The traditionally animated Disney feature film "The Princess and the Frog" collected considerable green when it launched in France last weekend.
"Princess and the Frog" gets hopping in France
It grossed $7.5 million at 667 screens in France for a week's total of $8.2 million, coming in a virtual dead heat for first place with 20th Century Fox's Avatar.
French box office receipts for The Princess And The Frog made up almost 75% of last weekend's $9.9 million overall gross for the film.
In the United Kingdom, one venue made $41,000 for the film -- 30% more than Disney's Bolt (2008) made at the same theatre.
"This film supports a great heritage and legacy that Disney is all about," said David Kornblum, vice-president of international sales and distribution at Disney. "In a market like the U.K., we felt giving it that exclusive window... was appropriate."
So far, The Princess and the Frog has made $79.5 million at 2,725 screens in 33 overseas countries. It's been shown in Italy (grossing $14.1 million) and Germany (with $11.6 million).
This coming weekend, Disney plans a wide expansion for the cartoon feature in Britain, as well as premieres in such major markets as Spain and Portugal.
Fox's Alvin And The Chipmunks: The Squeakquel, in its sixth weekend of overseas release, fell just 7% in grosses, making $11 million at 4,503 screens in 46 countries.
It opened in Italy with $2.7 million. That, and a $1.9 million take in Britain, helped bring cumulated international revenues up to $190.6 million.
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