Around-the-World Roundup: 'Immortals' Reigns Over Foreign Charts
by Ray Subers
November 13, 2011
Coinciding with its solid domestic debut, Immortals had a powerful start overseas this weekend. The movie opened to an estimated $38 million from 35 territories, which was good for first place at the foreign box office. It's top territory was Russia with $8.6 million, followed by South Korea with over $5 million and the U.K. with $3.5 million. It also debuted to $2.6 million in Germany, $2.5 million in Italy, $1.6 million in Japan and a strong $1.2 million in Greece. Similar movies Clash of the Titans and 300 finished with $330 million and $245 million, respectively, and, while Immortals won't come close to those figures, it does at least appear poised for an overseas run that exceeds $100 million. The Adventures of Tintin fell 28 percent to $28.2 million in its third weekend overseas. Out of its 50 markets, France was tops again with $6.1 million, while India was the best new territory with $1.3 million. The movie has so far made $160.8 million, and still has a ton of regions left to open in ahead of its Dec. 21 U.S. debut.
French comedy Intouchables was remarkably up 58 percent to $23.6 million in its second weekend. Most of this came from native France, where the movie improved 57 percent to $23.2 million. It has already made $42.8 million there, which is good for fifth place on the yearly chart. Real Steel extended its mighty foreign run with an estimated $12 million from 41 territories (76 percent of the marketplace). Most of that gross came from a strong $9 million opening in China. The movie has now made $147.5 million overseas for a worldwide (domestic plus foreign) total of $229.2 million.
Without any major openings, In Time plummeted 48 percent to $8.7 million from 51 markets. Its top territories were the U.K. ($1.5 million) and Russia ($1.4 million), and it has so far earned $53.7 million overseas.
Playing in 36 markets, Tower Heist added $7.65 million for a total of $20.7 million. The U.K. was its biggest contributor with $1.4 million. Paranormal Activity 3 grossed an estimated $7.1 million for a total of $88.6 million. It should top its predecessor's $92.8 million foreign total by early next weekend.