Once again, overseas audiences are able to enjoy a Hollywood film well before North American moviegoers. Universal's Despicable Me 2 is already off to a great start in Australia, and preview shows went well in the U.K. and Ireland.
Official notes from Universal:
Despicable Me 2 had an outstanding opening this weekend in Australia with a total gross of $4.3 million at 272 dates. DM2's total gross in Australia is $6.4 million including $2.1 million from last week's paid previews. This is the biggest opening ever for Illumination Entertainment in Australia & 38% bigger than the opening of Despicable Me. DM2 placed No. 2 behind World War Z and 25% ahead of No. 3 Monsters University. DM2 is performing in the same range as such hits as Kung Fu Panda 2, Madagascar 3 and The Croods.
Despicable Me 2 opens July 3 in North America, but Universal released the film in Australia early to coincide with the winter school holidays that commence in parts of Australia on Monday and continue through mid-July. Sydney has really embraced the film, including allowing (the first time ever) official flags to be flown with DM2 images. Steve Carell and Miranda Cosgrove travelled to Sydney for the premiere and were met by huge crowds everywhere they went.
In addition to its opening in Australia, Despicable Me 2 had paid previews in the U.K. and Ireland this weekend and the Saturday previews were spectacular. The film was No. 1 at the box office on Saturday, besting new opener World War Z and Man of Steel in its second week. DM2's previews on Saturday were the third highest for an animated film in this market behind only Shrek 2 and Shrek the Third. DM2 opens in the U.K. and Ireland, Belgium, France, Netherlands, Sweden and French-Switzerland next weekend. The majority of international territories open with the U.S. on July 3 and over that weekend.