Real Steel added an estimated $24.2 million from 28 territories, which represent 41 percent of the international marketplace. It had solid second weekend showings in Russia ($4.3 million), Mexico ($2.5 million) and Australia ($2.4 million), though it was underwhelming in its United Kingdom debut ($2.2 million). With a $57.5 million foreign total, Real Steel is set to open in France, Brazil and Switzerland next weekend.
After hitting a handful of European markets like Germany and Spain, The Three Musketeers made its most substantial expansion so far and earned an estimated $20.4 million from 40 territories. Including previews, it opened to $3.3 million in Brazil and $2.4 million in the U.K. It also debuted to around $2 million in Italy. Ahead of its U.S. debut on Friday, Musketeers has already earned $49 million overseas.
Even without any major openings, Johnny English Reborn was off just 18 percent to $17.2 million. It held first place in the U.K. and Germany with $5 million and $2.6 million, respectively. The movie has so far made $85.1 million overseas, and distributor Universal reports that it is outperforming the first Johnny English ($133 million). Johnny English Reborn opens in the U.S., France and Mexico next weekend.
Abduction added an estimated $6.1 million from 55 territories for a total of $39.6 million. It opened to $1.05 million in Germany and Spain, which was good for fourth and third place, respectively.
The Lion King's 3D re-release added $5.2 million from 31 territories for a total of $37.5 million. Across all of its releases, the movie has made $912.3 million worldwide (domestic plus foreign), which is good for 20th on the all-time chart.
Black-and-white silent movie The Artist opened in first place in France with $3.1 million. Easily one of the most buzzed-about movies at Cannes this year, The Artist is scheduled for limited release in the U.S. on Nov. 23.
Coinciding with its domestic debut, The Thing remake also opened in a handful of overseas markets. Universal is reporting $1.5 million from the five territories that it is responsible for, including a $590,000 seventh place start in Australia. However, Universal did not provide data from the regions it does not have rights to, so an official weekend number isn't yet available.