Around-the-World Roundup: 'Fast Five,' 'Thor' Thrive
by Brandon Gray
May 17, 2011
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For the second weekend in a row, Thor took the domestic top spot, but Fast Five ruled the world. The action sequel raked in $58.3 million in 61 territories, lifting its foreign haul to $272.2 million. Add in domestic, and its worldwide weekend was $78.8 million for a 25-day total of $441.9 million, setting franchise highs on all fronts. Predecessor Fast and Furious grossed $363.2 million in its entire worldwide run.
Breaking the weekend down, Fast Five had No. 1 openings in China, Ecuador and Israel. China alone contributed $9.1 million, which more than quadrupled Fast and Furious's debut gross there. Fast Five also maintained pole position in all of its second weekend territories and several of its third weekend ones as well. Its top-grossing holdovers were France ($4.8 million), Mexico ($4.8 million), Brazil ($3.8 million) and Germany ($3.5 million). Still ahead for Fast Five are Venezuela on June 3 and Japan in October.
Thor claimed second with $29.7 million in 57 holdover territories, and its total grew to a brawny $227.4 million, marking the seventh Marvel Comics adaptation to cross the $200 million foreign threshold and edging out X-Men: The Last Stand's final tally. Like Fast Five, China was Thor's top-grossing territory of the weekend, contributing $3.8 million ($11.2 million since opening last Sunday). Thor's other major territories of the weekend were Germany ($2.5 million), Mexico ($2.3 million) and Brazil ($2.2 million). Thor topped Fast Five in the United Kingdom for the third consecutive weekend with $2.2 million versus $1.9 million, though Fast Five had a higher tally there ($27.1 million versus Thor's $19.5 million).
Staking 17 new territories for a total of 20, Priest nabbed $17.5 million, increasing its sum to $26.4 million. It blew away Legion, the last movie from the same actor (Paul Bettany) and director (Scott Charles Stewart), across the board, and it ranked No. 1 in Russia, Ukraine, Singapore and Venezuela. At $3.4 million, Russia was its top market, followed by Brazil ($2 million).
Rio collected $12.7 million, and it soared past the $300 million mark. In Venezuela, the animated comedy became the highest-grossing movie ever at $7.1 million, though Brazil is still its biggest contributor by far with a $41 million haul.
Water for Elephants perked up a bit thanks to its opening in Australia. The romantic drama grossed $11.5 million in 51 markets for a $36.3 million total. It was No. 1 in Australia ($3.8 million) as well as in New Zealand ($251,000).
Meanwhile, Black Swan entered its final country, Japan, and led there with $3.3 million ($6.1 million including previews), which was the top-grossing start ever there for a Fox Searchlight title. The ballet drama's total reached $197.9 million.
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