Around-the-World Roundup: 'John Carter' Leads Again Overseas
by Ray Subers
March 20, 2012
John Carter led the overseas box office for the second weekend in a row, but the mega-budget sci-fi epic appears to be fading fast. It added an estimated $40.7 million from 54 markets for a total of $126.1 million. That inclues an estimated $10.4 million debut in China, which is Disney's second-highest opening ever there behind Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides.
When removing China from the weekend tally, though, John Carter fell a rough 57 percent in holdover markets. It continued to play well in Russia, where it held first place with $6.6 million, and it declined a light 19 percent to $2.8 million in Mexico. Adding in its domestic gross, John Carter has now made just over $180 million. That's not nearly enough to cover its outrageous expense, though—on Monday, Disney issued a brief press release indicating that John Carter's poor performance would generate a $200 million operating loss in the second quarter of 2012.
Dr. Seuss' The Lorax expanded to a total of 16 markets and earned $12.1 million this weekend. That figure is a bit skewered, though, as it includes at least $6 million in early previews in Russia. Overall, the animated flick has made nearly $9.7 million there, which is its only major territory so far.
This Means War continued to do solid business overseas. The romantic action comedy added $9.2 million for a total of $68.9 million, and was aided by second place debuts in Brazil ($1.6 million) and Mexico ($1.4 million).
Coinciding with its strong domestic opening, 21 Jump Street scored $7.2 million from 11 overseas markets. Most of that came from the two other major English language territories—it opened to an excellent $4.3 million in Australia, and took second place in the United Kingdom with $2.5 million.
The Devil Inside had its best weekend yet with $7.2 million in 44 markets. It claimed first place in the U.K. with $3.2 million, and has now made just under $38 million overseas.
Foreign sensation The Intouchables earned $7.1 million this weekend for an incredible total of $281 million. In the latest sign of its universal appeal, it improved 15 percent to $2.1 million in its second weekend in Spain. The Weinstein Company is releasing the French comedy/drama in New York and Los Angeles over Memorial Day Weekend.