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.
A week and a half ahead of its U.S. opening, Arthur Christmas debuted to $3.3 million in the U.K. That's up from A Christmas Carol but off from the last Aardman movie Flushed Away.
Jack and Jill opened in seven Latin American markets and earned $2.9 million. The vast majority of that came from a $2.6 million first place debut in Mexico, which sets a new opening record for Adam Sandler there.
Other Notables - Weekend Gross - Gross-to-Date
Contagion - $6.5 - $54
Puss in Boots - $6.3 - $49.8
The Lion King - $4.8 - $58.6
Moneyball - $4.2 - $7.3
Johnny English Reborn - $4.1 - $144.1
The Help - $1.9 - $25.7
You Are the Apple of My Eye - $1.6 - $20.6
Rise of the Planet of the Apes - $1.5 - $299.9
Anonymous - $1.4 - $2.8
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• 2011 Worldwide Grosses
• All-Time Worldwide Grosses