Around-the-World Roundup: 'Tintin' Wins Again

by Ray Subers
The Adventures of Tintin

November 8, 2011

The Adventures of Tintin expanded in to the rest of Europe and the Middle East and easily repeated a top the foreign box office charts this weekend. Puss in Boots continued to dominate in Russia, while In Time received a bit of a boost from an expansion.

Tintin added $39 million from 45 territories, which brings its two-week total to $123.4 million. The Steven Spielberg animated adventure's best debut came from a solid second place start in Russia ($4.8 million). However, its top market was once again France, where it plummeted 62 percent to $8.4 million after its enormous opening last weekend. It also added $5.2 million in France, $3.5 million in the United Kingdom, and $3.3 million in Germany. Finally, the movie was up 20 percent to $2.4 million in author Herge's native Belgium. Next weekend, Tintin is set to expand in to a handful of smaller Asian markets like India, Malaysia, Singapore, Taiwan and Thailand.

Puss in Boots earned another $16.9 million from just four markets, most of which was collected in Russia. It improved three percent to $15.3 million for a total of $36.5 million there, which makes it the 11th highest-grossing movie ever after just two weekends. Overall, Puss in Boots has made $40.7 million so far in its very limited overseas run.

In Time grossed $16.8 million in 51 markets for a total of $38.1 million. It had a solid opening in the U.K. ($3 million), but was unimpressive in Mexico ($950,000) and Brazil ($609,000). Its top market ended up being holdover Russia, where it dipped 15 percent to $4.2 million.

French comedy Intouchables opened to $15 million, most of which came from it's strong $14.7 million start in France. That's the fourth-best opening this year behind Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2, Tintin and Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides.

Paranormal Activity 3 continued to generate scares all over the world as it scored $13.6 million from 44 markets. It debuted in second place in Germany with $3.2 million and had a decent $1.9 million start in Japan. The movie has so far earned $77 million overseas, and with a few openings still remaining it will almost certainly wind up topping Paranormal Activity 2's $92.8 million foreign total.

Real Steel has quietly become a bit of a foreign hit over the past month—the robot boxing movie added another $10.7 million for a total of $127.2 million from 38 territories. According to distributor Walt Disney Pictures, that's just 61 percent of their overseas potential, meaning Real Steel could be on its way to around $200 million total. It will move one step closer to that goal when it expands in to China this weekend.

Along with its $24 million domestic debut, Tower Heist grossed $9.3 million from 23 foreign markets this weekend. It had solid starts in the U.K. ($2.3 million), Spain ($1.6 million) and Germany ($1.5 million).

Johnny English Reborn added $7.6 million for an overseas total of $137.5 million. In the process, it eclipsed predecessor Johnny English's $132.5 million total.

Rise of the Planet of the Apes extended its reign overseas with another $7.6 million. Most of this comes from China, where it eased 26 percent to $6.6 million. Overall, the movie has made $293.3 million overseas, and it shouldn't have much of a problem closing north of $300 million.

Other Notables - Weekend Gross - Gross-to-Date
Contagion - $5 - $45.5
The Help - $3.2 - $22.2
The Smurfs - $1.2 - $416.5
Footloose - $1.1 - $10

Domestic Report:
'Puss' Fends Off Stiller, Murphy, Stoners

Last Weekend:
'Tintin' Animates Overseas Box Office

Related Charts:
2011 Worldwide Grosses
All-Time Worldwide Grosses

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