By Amy Kaufman
3:27 PM PDT, July 8, 2012
"Ice Age: Continental Drift"is melting the hearts of foreign moviegoers, because the animated film has already grossed $198 million overseas.
The fourth installment in 20th Century Fox's popular franchise doesn't hit theaters in the U.S. until Friday, but the 3-D movie is on its way to becoming a global hit. This weekend, the film about three Paleolithic mammals played in 48 foreign countries and collected $80.6 million.
The film performed especially well in Germany, where it had the biggest opening of the year in the country with $14.5 million in sales. The picture continued to do strong business in Mexico and France, where it debuted last weekend, with ticket sales falling only 27% in the European country.
The family film was the No. 1 option in a number of international markets, beating"The Amazing Spider-Man"in 14 locations like Argentina and Colombia. Next weekend, the film will open in an additional 29 foreign countries, including the United Kingdom and Russia.
It appears the fourth "Ice Age" movie will prove to be as popular abroad as its predecessors. The third installment in the series grossed an impressive $690.1 million internationally in 2009 — accounting for roughly 78% of its worldwide tally.
Follow Amy Kaufman on Twitter @AmyKinLA
Copyright © 2014, Los Angeles Times