Around-the-World Roundup: 'Wrath' Opens a Bit Better Overseas
by Ray Subers
April 3, 2012
|Wrath of the Titans|| |
Wrath of the Titans easily took first place at the overseas box office this weekend, though most of its major debuts don't compare well against those of Clash of the Titans. Meanwhile, The Hunger Games held much better in foreign markets than it did domestically, and The Pirates! Band of Misfits opened in a handful of territories nearly a month ahead of its U.S. release.
Wrath of the Titans earned $76.1 million from 60 markets this weekend, which added up to a worldwide debut of $109.6 million. Its top market was Russia, where its $12.8 million debut was a slight improvement over Clash of the Titans's $11.8 million. However, Wrath was notably off from its predecessor across the remainder of its major territories (with the exclusion of China, where data is not yet available). It was about even in Brazil at $4.2 million, and held up okay in Mexico ($5 million vs. $7.2 million) and South Korea ($4.4 million vs. $7 million); unfortunately, it dropped over 50 percent in the United Kingdom ($3.5 million), France ($2.9 million), Germany ($2.7 million), Spain ($2.7 million), Australia ($2.1 million), and Italy ($1.8 million).
The movie was released in all major markets aside from Japan, where it will open on April 21. Even with school holidays coming up in Europe, these initial figures suggest that Wrath of the Titans has little chance of matching Clash's $330 million foreign haul.
Without any significant openings, The Hunger Games fell 40 percent to $35.3 million. It held on to first place ahead of Wrath of the Titans in Australia ($5 million), the U.K. ($4.3 million) and Germany ($3.5 million). Its overseas total has now reached $115 million (or less than half of its domestic total), and it's now the highest-grossing 2012 movie on a worldwide basis with $368 million.
Dr. Seuss' The Lorax had its best weekend yet with $14.5 million, though that's more a result of opening in four major markets and less because of any particularly impressive performance. The movie had fine openings in Mexico ($2.5 million), Australia ($2.2 million), Brazil ($2.2 million) and Spain ($1.6 million), and all of these were higher than Horton Hears a Who!'s respective debuts. Still, those grosses are on the low end for animated fare, and it suggests that Dr. Seuss movies aren't quite as popular overseas as they are domestically. The Lorax has now made $37.7 million in foreign markets, and still has 25 territories left to open over the next five months.
Four weeks ahead of its U.S. debut, Aardman Animation's The Pirates! Band of Misfits opened in 12 territories and earned $7.9 million. A little under half of that came in the U.K. ($3.6 million), though it also reached France ($1.5 million) and Germany ($1.4 million). None of those are particularly strong starts, but they were substantially higher than those of Arthur Christmas (though holiday movies typically open lower but hold better).
The Intouchables added $6.9 million to push its foreign total past $300 million. In South Korea, the movie was down 20 percent to $2.1 million, and in Germany it was actually up 11 percent to $1.5 million (and has now made an incredible $69 million there).
After three weeks of solid overseas numbers, John Carter plummeted 72 percent to just $6.2 million in its fourth weekend. The movie has now made $188.3 million overseas, and the only major opening on the horizon is in Japan.
Grosses are not currently available for .
Other Notables - Weekend Gross - Gross-to-Date (in millions)
The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel - $6.3 - $43.8
21 Jump Street - $4 - $22.2
This Means War - $2.8 - $83
Project X - $2.6 - $24.2
Journey 2 - $2.2 - $214.5
Puss in Boots - $1.7 - $399.7
The Devil Inside - $1.1 - $46.4
• 'Wrath,' 'Mirror' No Match for 'Hunger Games'
• 'The Hunger Games' Not Quite As Strong Overseas
• 2012 Worldwide Grosses
• 2011 Worldwide Grosses
• All-Time Worldwide Grosses