TORONTO -- A delectable opening in Germany helped Disney/Pixar's "Ratatouille" finish as the No. 1 film internationally during the weekend with an estimated $19.7 million from 3,010 playdates in 30 markets.
The animated movie about a Parisian rat with a discerning palette cooked up an estimated $12.2 million on 700 screens to open No. 1 in Germany.
"Ratatouille" was "like a vacuum cleaner in Germany," Disney vp international sales and distribution David Kornblum said.
The film also bowed at No. 1 in Austria with an estimated $1.6 million from 125 dates and came out on top in German-speaking Switzerland with an estimated $905,000 from 125 screens. An opening in Denmark tickled another $865,000 from 50 screens.
Holdovers included "Ratatouille" earning another $760,000 in France on 592 screens to take its local cume to $59 million, and coming away with an estimated $650,000 on 129 screens in Greece during its second weekend to take its cume there to $1.6 million. The international cume for Pixar's latest release stands at $247 million; it's at $450 million worldwide. That makes "Ratatouille" the 14th-biggest movie launched internationally by Disney and its 15th-biggest release of all time.
Next up for the Pixar concoction is a Friday opening in the U.K., Italy on Oct. 17, and Oct. 19 bows in China, Sweden, Poland and Finland.