'Planet 51' scores in Spain and abroad

Already ahead of other international Spanish hits of this year

MADRID -- Spain's €60 million ($90.4 million) animated feature "Planet 51" has earned some $40 million in its first 10 days of release in the U.S., Spain and Canada, making it Spain's biggest worldwide boxoffice grosser in 2009.

DeaPlaneta released the animated film produced by Ilion Animation Studios, Handmade Films and Antena 3 Films in Spain Nov. 27, with 500 copies -- an unusually high number in Spain -- and earned more than €3 million ($4.5 million) over the opening weekend, making it the best non-U.S. animation opening in Spain.

The Spanish premiere came a week after Sony released "Planet 51" in the U.S., with more than $28.5 million earned to date.

The worldwide figures place the animated comedy, written by "Shrek's" Joe Stillman with lead voices by Dwayne Johnson and Jessica Biel, ahead of Spain's other international hits this year, Alejandro Amenabar's "Agora" and Pedro Almodovar's "Broken Embraces."

"Planet 51" tells of American astronaut Captain Charles "Chuck" Baker who lands on Planet 51 to find an innocent 1950s-style community, which enjoys a peaceful lifestyle with the only fear being the invasion of aliens.
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