Around-the-World Roundup: 'Avengers' Dominates Again
by Ray Subers
May 8, 2012
Tuesday Update:The Avengers earned $28.4 million on Monday to bring its overseas total to $475.8 million. Combined with its $226.3 million domestic total, Marvel's superhero team-up has so far earned over $700 million worldwide (placing it 47th on the all-time chart).
Around-the-World Roundup: Aside from crushing the opening weekend record in the U.S., The Avengers had another phenomenal overseas session this weekend. The movie added $157.4 million from 52 territories, which brings its 12-day foreign total to a massive $447.4 million.
Its only major openings this weekend came in Russia and China, where it took first place with $17.9 million and $17.4 million, respectively. Neither of these are close to record-setting levels, though that shouldn't take away from how impressive they are either. Including Monday, the highest-grossing territories for The Avengers are the United Kingdom ($54 million), Mexico ($40.7 million), Brazil ($33.9 million), Australia ($33.2 million), and South Korea ($31.8 million). The only top tier market left to open is Japan, which will unleash The Avengers in August.
Including the domestic opening, the movie has so far made $641.8 million worldwide. That tops all of the franchise's previous movies including former top entry Iron Man 2 ($624 million). It's a foregone conclusion at this point that The Avengers winds up with over $1 billion worldwide, and it could get as high as fourth on the all-time chart ahead of Transformers: Dark of the Moon ($1.12 billion). It's unlikely that Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2's $1.33 billion is in reach, but crazier things have happened.
American Reunion came in second place at the foreign box office this weekend with an estimated $33.5 million from 48 markets. It opened to an impressive $10.2 million in the U.K., and also had a strong $4.9 million debut in France. In both of those markets, the movie wound up in second place behind The Avengers; however, it took first place ahead of The Avengers in Italy ($3.4 million and Spain ($2.9 million). With a $117 million total so far, American Reunion is on pace to beat American Pie 2's $142.5 million to set a new series record.
Battleship added an estimated $11 million to bring its overseas total just past the $200 million mark. It's now Universal Pictures' highest-grossing movie ever in China with $42.5 million. The board game adaptation opens in Latin America this week, then in the U.S. next Friday.
A week after its disappointing domestic launch, The Five-Year Engagement played a bit better in its first overseas markets. It earned $2.2 million this weekend, most of which came from a very solid $2 million second place opening in Australia. Its next big market is the U.K. on June 22.