Around-the-World Roundup: 'Twilight' on Top Again, 'Puss' Expands
by Ray Subers
December 4, 2011
|The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1|| |
For the third-straight weekend, The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1 remained unbeatable in the foreign marketplace. The movie added $40.4 million from 73 markets for an overseas total of $344.8 million. Including previews, it opened in first place in South Korea with $4.4 million (down a bit from Eclipse and New Moon). With $592.8 million worldwide (domestic plus foreign), Breaking Dawn already ranks as the sixth highest-grossing movie of the year, and it's currently on pace to finish with close to $700 million.
Puss in Boots expanded in to a total of 26 markets and earned $22.7 million. It had a strong $9.4 million opening in France (a noteworthy improvement over Kung Fu Panda 2) and also got off to a solid start in Mexico ($3.7 million). The movie's impressive total in Russia passed $50 million, and it should wind up as the third highest-grossing movie ever there behind Avatar and Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides. Puss has an early foreign total of $89 million, which translates to a worldwide total of $228.5 million.
Intouchables held the top spot in France for the fifth straight weekend after declining only nine percent to $14.6 million. The comedy passed $100 million in its native country, and ranks fourth all-time behind Bienvenue chez les Ch'tis ($193.7 million), Avatar ($158.3 million) and Titanic ($129.1 million).
Happy Feet Two scored $15.6 million from 40 territories. The animated sequel improved significantly on its predecessor in Russia ($3.4 million vs. $1.1 million), though it didn't fare so well in the United Kingdom ($2.6 million vs. $7.2 million) and Germany ($1.3 million vs. $1.5 million). Happy Feet Two has so far grossed $33.3 million overseas, and it's set to expand in to France next weekend.
Arthur Christmas added $11.9 million from 52 markets for a total of $39.1 million. The movie opened throughout most of Latin America, where according to distributor Sony Pictures International it was up an average of 65 percent from The Polar Express. Its biggest market in Latin America was Brazil with $913,000, while its top overall market was once again the U.K. where it was off 28 percent to $2.9 million.
Biopic Vysotsky: Thank God I'm Alive opened in first place in Russia with an estimated $11.4 million. According to Sony, that's the third-highest opening ever for a Russian production.
Thanks to a strong $4.1 million opening in Japan, The Adventures of Tintin eased just 16 percent to an estimated $10.6 million. With less than three weeks to go until its stateside debut, the Steven Spielberg animated adventure has already earned $220.5 million.
In Time continued its impressive overseas run by adding $9.6 million for a total of $81 million. It had a solid $2.7 million second place start in Germany, and also opened to $2 million in Spain. It's now set to be star Justin Timberlake's fifth-straight movie in the past 14 months to earn more than $93 million overseas.
Grosses for Immortals not currently available.
Other Notables - Weekend Gross - Gross-to-Date
1. Tower Heist - $4 - $42.5
2. Jack and Jill - $3.2 - $11.7
3. Fuga De Cerebros 2 - $2.3 - $2.3
4. The Muppets—$1.8 - $4
5. Moneyball - $1.7 - $25.7
• 'Twilight' Three-peats on Quiet Weekend
• 'Breaking Dawn' Easily Repeats
• 2011 Worldwide Grosses
• All-Time Worldwide Grosses