Around-the-World Roundup: 'Potter' Continues to Dominate
by Ray Subers
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1
December 1, 2010
After one of the biggest foreign openings ever, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1 took a steep drop but nonetheless carried the weekend by a huge margin. In second, Tangled proved its domestic success was no fluke by unleashing huge numbers in Russia.
Deathly Hallows Part 1 added $114 million on 19,700 screens in 62 territories for an excellent foreign total of $383 million. According to distributor Warner Bros., that's about the same as Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince territory-to-date total of $381.4 million. The movie's only major debut this weekend came in France, where it scored a 2010-best $20.7 million.
The seventh Potter movie didn't fare quite so well in holdover regions, though, as it dropped an average of around 55 percent. In the United Kingdom, it fell 56 percent to $13 million for an impressive ten-day total of $51.9 million, while it was down a lighter 49 percent to $10.3 million in Germany. Its best hold came in Japan, where it eased 35 percent to $7.6 million. Other noteworthy tallies came in Australia ($6.5 million), China ($6.4 million), Russia ($5.2 million) and Italy ($4.6 million). Worldwide (domestic plus foreign), Deathly Hallows Part 1 has made over $604 million.
Tangled debuted to $14.9 million from seven territories (or 15 percent of the international market). It debuted ahead of Deathly Hallows Part 1 in Russia with an excellent $8.9 million, which was the highest-grossing opening ever for a non-sequel animated movie (and distributor Walt Disney Pictures' top animated start as well). It also scored $2.5 million from preview screenings in Italy and topped Deathly Hallows Part 1 in Malaysia with $808,579. Next weekend, Tangled will go nationwide in Italy and open in France.
Unstoppable was up 16 percent to $8.9 million on 4,440 screens in 50 markets. The improvement can mostly be attributed to decent openings in the U.K. ($2.7 million), Russia ($1.5 million) and India ($552,000). Its $43 million overseas total pushed its worldwide sum over $104 million.
Due Date continued its respectable foreign run by grossing $8.15 million on 3,210 screens for a total of $73.3 million. That included a solid $2.6 million second-place start in Australia and a weak $274,000 launch in South Korea.