Jim Carrey’s ‘Mr. Popper’s Penguins’ passes $100 million abroad


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Americans haven’t been too taken with Jim Carrey lately.

The 49-year-old comedian this week posted a somewhat creepy video message to actress Emma Stone, revealing his desire to have ‘chubby little freckle-faced kids’ with the 22-year-old. The clip quickly went viral in the American media, though Carrey later said the video was a joke.

Early this summer, nobody was laughing at 20th Century Fox when the actor’s latest film, ‘Mr. Popper’s Penguins,’ underperformed at the domestic box office. The film, based on a 1930s children’s book, opened to a lackluster $18.4 million and has since collected a total of $67 million in the U.S. and Canada. Fox spent about $68 million to make the movie, according to one person connected to the production, though the studio insisted the cost was actually $57 million.


Fortunately for Fox, however, the movie is doing far better business abroad. This weekend, ‘Mr. Popper’s Penguins’ crossed the $100-million mark overseas to total $101.3 million so far. The movie is still playing in 23 foreign markets, performing best in Britain and Belgium. It will open in South Korea in September.

Still, ‘Mr. Popper’s Penguins’ is far from Carrey’s biggest international hit. ‘The Mask,’ the 1994 comedy that propelled the actor to worldwide fame, took in $231.6 million abroad, and 2003’s ‘Bruce Almighty’ raked in $241.8 million overseas.


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--Amy Kaufman