Madagascar Escape 2 Africa roared onto overseas' screens over the weekend with $50.2 million in ticket sales, averaging nearly $10,000 per screen in 5,129 theaters in 35 countries. Reporting on the results, Daily Variety observed that the Paramount/DreamWorks Animation feature earned more than the combined total of the next four films on the international box-office list, Quantum of Solace, Twilight, Bolt and WALL-E . The film, which opened internationally five weeks ago and has been slowly expanded since, has now earned an impressive $125 million abroad. "With school holidays set to start in many markets, Madagascar 2 is set for a very strong run this holiday season," Andrew Cripps, president of Paramount Pictures Intl., told Variety.
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