Around-the-World Roundup: 'Breaking Dawn' Lights Up Overseas
by Ray Subers
The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1
November 22, 2011
The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1 rocked the international box office this weekend with a huge $152.9 million in 54 markets (including previews). Its top territory was the United Kingdom with $21.9 million, which was a new high for the series. It was also huge in Russia ($16.1 million), France ($14.9 million), Australia ($12.8 million), Italy ($12.2 million), and Spain ($11.8 million), and it played well in Latin American markets Brazil ($10.2 million) and Mexico ($8.2 million).
Among those big territories, Breaking Dawn was about even with New Moon and notably improved on Eclipse. Those movies wound up with $416 million and just shy of $400 million, respectively. Including its domestic gross, Breaking Dawn debuted to $291 million worldwide, which ranks 10th all-time.
The Adventures of Tintin added an estimated $21.7 million from 53 markets for a total of $187.6 million. It opened to a solid $7.4 million in China and added $2.3 million in France, which is currently its top territory with over $50 million.
French comedy Intouchables held off Breaking Dawn to retain first place in France with a $17.6 million. The movie currently ranks third on the year in France with a total of $64.8 million, and it will pass Rien a declarer (Nothing to Declare) ($74.6 million) by next weekend to claim the top spot.
In its second weekend, Immortals dropped 54 percent to an estimated $17.5 million. That brings its overseas total to $65.8 million, and its worldwide gross to $118.9 million.
Arthur Christmas expanded slightly to five markets and earned $5 million this weekend. Impressively, it was up six percent to $3.6 million in the U.K., indicating strong word-of-mouth in Aardman Animation's native country. Unfortunately, it had a soft $1.06 million opening in Germany, which doesn't bode well for its prospects throughout the rest of the international marketplace. The movie has so far made $9 million overseas and is set for its U.S. debut on Wednesday.
Happy Feet Two opened to $2.6 million from four territories this weekend. Over half of that came from a $1.4 million debut in Mexico, which is on par with the first Happy Feet's opening. The movie expands in to Italy, Brazil and Japan next weekend.