Around-the-World Roundup: 'Breaking Dawn' Easily Repeats

by Ray Subers
The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1

November 29, 2011

The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1 topped the foreign box office for a second-straight weekend with $76 million from 68 markets. Its biggest opening came in Germany, where it debuted to $14 million including previews. That's an improvement over Eclipse but down a bit from New Moon. Excluding Germany's grosses, Breaking Dawn declined around 57 percent from last weekend. The biggest holdovers were the United Kingdom ($7 million), Russia ($6.5 million), France ($5.9 million), Australia ($5.23 million) and Spain ($4.6 million). Including Monday grosses, the movie has so far earned $285 million overseas for a worldwide (domestic plus foreign) total of $508.4, and it's set to expand in to South Korea next weekend.

Intouchables continued to be untouchable at the French box office, as it dipped just nine percent to $16 million. That brings its total there to $85 million, which tops Rien a declarer ($74.6 million) for highest-grossing movie of 2011. Including two smaller territories, the movie earned $17.4 million this weekend for a foreign total of $90.2 million.

Immortals finished in third place with an estimated $13.9 million. It had decent debuts in Australia ($1.74 million) and France ($1.66 million), and it has so far made $90.1 million overseas.

Foreign blockbuster The Adventures of Tintin earned another $12.6 million to bring its total past the $200 million mark ($207.8 million). Its top territory was China, where it plummeted 66 percent to $3 million. The Steven Spielberg motion-capture adventure reaches Japan next weekend, and is now less than a month away from its U.S. debut.

Arthur Christmas expanded in to 24 territories and added $12.4 million for an early foreign total of $22.8 million. For the second weekend in a row it improved in the U.K., this time jumping 10 percent to $4 million. Among its openings, it scored a solid $1.6 million in France, $1.4 million in Australia and $1.3 million in South Korea. It didn't really catch on in Japan, though, where it debuted to a meager $819,000.

Playing in 27 markets, Happy Feet Two grossed $10.4 million for an overseas total of $14.4 million. It had decent openings in Brazil ($1.6 million) and Italy ($1.26 million), though it attracted little interest in Japan ($689,000). The animated sequel is poised for a strong showing next weekend when it expands in to the U.K., Russia, Germany and Spain.

After becoming one of the biggest box office hits in Russian history, Puss in Boots rolled out to a handful of additional markets and added $10.4 million. Its $5.47 million debut in Spain was up 33 percent from Shrek Forever After, which is the latest sign that Puss has a healthy foreign box office run ahead of it. With $64.2 million in the bank so far, the swashbuckling cat moves in to France, Mexico and 11 other markets next weekend.

Tower Heist stole away with $7.3 million for a foreign total of $36.1 million. None of its openings were all that impressive, though—it made off with $2.8 million in Russia, $818,000 in Italy and $685,000 in France.

Corresponding with its domestic opening, The Muppets debuted to $1.8 million from two territories. The bulk of that came from a solid $1.7 million start in Mexico.

Other Notables - Weekend Gross - Gross-to-Date
In Time - $6.4 - $70.5
Real Steel - $5.1 - $168.4
Moneyball - $3.3 - $21.8
Paranormal Activity 3 - $1.4 - $97
The Lion King - $1.4 - $67.1
Jack and Jill - $1.3 - $8

Domestic Report:
'Twilight' Leads, 'Muppets' Succeeds Over Thanksgiving Weekend

Last Weekend:
'Breaking Dawn' Lights Up Overseas

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2011 Worldwide Grosses
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