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Strong international debut for Kung Fu Panda

Kung Fu Panda not only topped the U.S. box office this weekend; it also had a strong start overseas with $20.7 million from only nine markets with each posting the top result for a DreamWorks animated film, according to Variety. “The booming Russian market led the way with $9.2 million, 158% better than Ratatouille, followed by $7.5 million in South Korea, more than triple Ratatouille. Panda also set records in Singapore, Malaysia and the Philippines for the best three-day animated launch ever, underlining the strong offshore appeal of CGI animated titles. Paramount is holding back the pic in Western Europe until July to take advantage of holidays and the start of vacations.” Variety also reports that Panda nabbed the best exit polls of any DreamWorks Animation film, besting those for Shrek 2, and received an A- CinemaScore.

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