Around-the-World Roundup: 'Ghost Rider 2' Catches Fire Overseas
by Ray Subers
Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance
February 28, 2012
It may never have ranked higher than third place domestically, but Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance found its way in to first place at the overseas box office this weekend with close to $22 million. It opened on top in Russia with a massive $8.2 million, and had a quieter $2.2 million start in Germany. It also retained first place in Brazil with a strong $2.7 million. The comic book sequel has now made around $44 million overseas.
After holding the top spot for consecutive weekends, international hit Journey 2: The Mysterious Island had to settle for second with $21.1 million. Its top territory was once again China, where it added $5.8 million for a total of $48 million. It now ranks third all-time there among Warner Bros. releases. The movie's only major opening this weekend came in Italy ($2.3 million), and it's slated to expand in to Germany on Thursday. The movie has already grossed $161.8 million on the foreign circuit, which tops the first Journey's $140.3 million final tally.
Safe House continued to do solid business overseas by adding $13 million in 45 markets this weekend. It had solid debuts in the United Kingdom ($3.4 million), France ($2.2 million) and Germany ($1.6 million). Through three weekends in theaters, the Denzel Washington-Ryan Reynolds thriller has earned $35.5 million.
This Means War grossed $11.1 million in its second weekend for a total of $24.98 million. Its biggest earners were holdover markets Russia ($3.1 million) and Australia ($1.46 million).
Hugo had its best weekend yet, grossing $8.6 million for a total of $67.6 million. It's only major opening was in Spain, where it claimed first place with $2.3 million.
International sensation The Intouchables added $8.4 million this weekend for an incredible total of $247.8 million. It debuted in second place in Italy with just under $2 million, and held first place in Germany for the seventh-straight weekend with $4.55 million. With a $51.83 million total, it's now the highest-grossing non-sequel in Germany since Avatar. The comedy/drama is slated for a limited opening in the U.S. on the last weekend of May.
The Woman in Black grossed at least $7.4 million this weekend for a total of $37.1 million. Much of that came in the U.K., where it held in first place with $3.9 million.
Fox International Productions released August 8th in Russia this weekend and earned $5.85 million. Fox also scored with The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, which debuted to $3.5 million in the U.K. (and is scheduled for limited release in the U.S. on May 4).