Around-the-World Roundup: 'Sherlock' Cracks Code Again
by Ray Subers
Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows
January 15, 2012
Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows led the foreign box office for the second-straight weekend, this time generating $29.6 million from 57 markets. The sequel opened to $3.3 million in Brazil and $2.9 million from just one day in China. So far, Sherlock has earned $224.2 million overseas, which is 14 percent ahead of the first Sherlock according to distributor Warner Bros. International. With France and Japan still left to open, Sherlock 2 will probably surpass its predecessor's $315 million total.
Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol continued to be a major presence overseas with $16.5 million from 54 territories this weekend. It added $2.7 million in South Korea ($45 million total) and $2.6 million in Japan ($57.3 million total), and its foreign total is now at $320.5 million. The movie passed $500 million worldwide (domestic plus foreign) on Sunday, and with China and Italy still on the way the movie has a legitimate chance of eclipsing War of the Worlds ($591.7 million) to become Tom Cruise's highest-grossing movie ever.
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo expanded in to a handful of major markets and had its best weekend yet with $16.06 million. It opened in second place in Germany ($2.97 million), Australia ($2.6 million), and Spain ($1.1 million), and also had a solid start in South Korea ($1.5 million). The David Fincher-directed remake/adaptation has now made $49.3 million overseas.
Without any major debuts, Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked fell 52 percent to $14.8 million. Its best showing came in Brazil ($2.75 million), and on Saturday the movie passed the original Alvin's $144 million total. So far, Chipwrecked has made $153.1 million overseas.
Puss in Boots added $14.6 million from 56 markets this weekend. A large part of that came from a strong first place debut in South Korea ($5.4 million), along with DreamWorks Animation's biggest opening ever in Turkey ($835,000). Since beginning its run at the end of October, Puss has earned $331.8 million in international coin.
The Darkest Hour was largely unimpressive in a handful of major new markets. Its top market was Mexico, where it debuted in first place with $1.3 million. Otherwise, it disappointed in the United Kingdom ($1.15 million), France ($802,000), Spain ($737,000) and Brazil ($549,000). For the weekend as a whole, the alien invasion flick earned $9.5 million for a $28.2 million total.
Coinciding with its domestic debut, Contraband opened to $1.4 million from seven overseas markets. Most of that came from a $1 million start in Russia, which is fine for the genre but still not a very good opening in such a huge market.