Around-the-World Roundup: 'Journey 2' Wins Weak Weekend

by Ray Subers
Journey 2: The Mysterious Island

March 6, 2012

Journey 2: The Mysterious Island was back in first place at the overseas box office this weekend, though with a fairly low tally.

The adventure sequel grossed $15.7 million from 52 territories for a foreign total of $185.6 million. Add in the domestic gross, and the movie has made over $270 million worldwide (compared to the first Journey's $242 million). Its only noteworthy opening was a decent $1.7 million in Germany, and its only major remaining debut comes in Japan at the end of the month.

With all this money coming in, it's unlikely this is the last Journey movie—in fact, it has been widely reported today that a third Journey movie is being put in to pre-production at Warner Bros.

This Means War placed second with $14.4 million, which is its best weekend yet. It had a strong $2.3 million debut in South Korea and a respectable $2 million start in Germany. So far, the movie has earned $43 million overseas.

Hugo also had its strongest frame so far with $11.4 million from 36 markets for a foreign total of $83 million. It was propelled by an impressive $3.45 million third place start in Japan, though it opened much weaker in South Korea ($408,000). Safe House wasn't far behind with $11 million, which brought its total to $51.9 million, while War Horse added $10.6 million for a total of $79.1 million.

Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance earned at least $9.7 million this weekend, though data remains somewhat incomplete at this moment. Based on the information that is available, the movie has earned a total of $58 million overseas so far.

It was a big weekend for Best Actor Oscar winner Jean Dujardin. His latest movie Les Infideles, which is a series of short films about infidelity, opened in first place in France with $7.8 million. Across its three markets, the movie grossed $8.5 million this weekend. The Artist also performed well with $7.7 million for a total of $65.3 million. It got a boost from France, where it expanded to 580 screens in its 21st weekend and took second place with $2.4 million. On Sunday, The Artist passed $100 million worldwide.

Other Notables - Weekend Gross - Gross-to-Date
The Devil Inside - $6.9 - $24.3
The Intouchables - $6.9 - $260.5
Chronicle - $6.2 - $44
Underworld 4 - $5.1 - $90.2
The Vow - $4.3 - $39.6
The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel - $3.7 - $11
Extremely Loud - $3.3 - $14.4
The Descendants - $3.2 - $83.5
The Muppets - $3 - $69.8
Phantom Menace 3D - $2.5 - $50.3
In Time - $2.4 - $129
Mission: Impossible 4 - $2.2 - $478
Jack and Jill - $2 - $71.6
August 8th - $1.9 - $8.6
Contraband - $1.6 - $14.5
Puss in Boots - $1.5 - $386.4
Dragon Tattoo - $1.2 - $127.1

Domestic Report:
Little 'Lorax' Is Box Office Giant

Last Weekend:
'Ghost Rider 2' Catches Fire Overseas

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2012 Worldwide Grosses
2011 Worldwide Grosses
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