Around-the-World Roundup: 'MIB 3' Grabs $135.3 Million Overseas
by Ray Subers
May 29, 2012
MIB 3 opened to $135.3 million overseas this weekend and easily defeated four-time champion The Avengers.The movie had its best start in China with $19.5 million, which ranks seventh all-time for a Hollywood movie there. In general, the movie was strongest in Asia—it opened to $8.5 million in South Korea and $8 million in Japan, and also had an exception $3.3 million start in Taiwan. Overall, its second-best market was Russia, where its $18.9 million gross is the sixth-highest debut ever.
MIB 3 was also impressive in Latin America, where it had good debuts in Mexico ($5.9 million) and Brazil ($5 million), and it also managed a nice start in Australia ($5.2 million). Across Europe, though, the movie couldn't overcome distractions from nice weather and the Eurovision Song Contest. It had fine openings in Germany ($5.7 million) and France ($5.6 million), but was slightly disappointing in the U.K. ($5 million), Italy ($3.7 million) and Spain ($3 million).
Ultimately, MIB 3 is going to have no problem topping Men in Black II's $251 million foreign total, and it should also at least get close to the first Men in Black's $338.7 million.
Facing some tough competition from MIB 3, The Avengers dropped over 50 percent to $26.3 million this weekend. Still, it's now made an incredible $781.6 million overseas, and it even has one major market (Japan) left to open. Through Sunday, its worldwide total is $1.295 billion, and it will pass Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2's $1.328 billion in the next week to move up to third place on the all-time worldwide box office chart.
Dark Shadows added $13.1 million in 53 markets, which pushed its overseas total to $106.6 million. It still has debuts in Mexico and Brazil to look forward to in June, though reaching $200 million seems out of the question at this point.
The Dictator grossed $10.4 million in 29 territories for a new overseas total of $49.1 million. Its strongest market was Australia, where it added $2.6 million.