Around-the-World Roundup: 'Ice Age' Back on Top Overseas
by Ray Subers
Ice Age: Continental Drift
July 17, 2012
Coinciding with its first place domestic debut, Ice Age: Continental Drift reclaimed first place at the overseas box office this weekend with an impressive $96.2 million.
The movie opened to $16.4 million in Russia, which is the biggest weekend of 2012 there. It also had the highest opening day gross ever for an animated movie. In the U.K., the fourth Ice Age earned $9.1 million, and rolling in previews and showtimes during the week it has already made $20.8 million. It's also holding really well in most major foreign markets: for example, it was up 7 percent to $12.4 million in Germany, off 25 percent to $6.9 million in France, and off 8 percent to $5.3 million in Brazil. So far, the movie has already grossed $337.9 million overseas; it's still unclear whether it can match its predecessor's $690 million foreign tally, though it shouldn't really have a problem getting close to $600 million.
Without any significant openings, The Amazing Spider-Man dropped down to second place with $67.3 million from 87 markets. Among its handful of minor debuts, its best was in Norway ($1.3 million). The movie's top grossing market overall this weekend was the U.K. with $6.02 million, while its highest-grossing territory to date is South Korea with a $32.2 million total. Overall, The Amazing Spider-Man has grossed $321.2 million overseas, and on Sunday it passed the $500 million mark worldwide.
Ted continued to impress early in its foreign run: the movie earned $9.6 million from four foreign markets, and was in first place in each one. Its $6.9 million second weekend is the best ever for Universal, and it debuted to a very strong $1.5 million in New Zealand. The movie has already earned $31.3 million overseas, and if it can continue to connect with audiences throughout other markets it could be in line to at least match the first Hangover's $190 million in foreign grosses.
Snow White and the Huntsman added $9.6 million this weekend for a new foreign total of $219.2 million. It claimed the top spot in Italy with $3.7 million (including previews), and earned another $1.8 million in Australia. Snow White's worldwide total is currently at $370.4 million, and with two small markets left to open there's a chance it closes above $400 million.
A week after its decent domestic debut, Savages opened to $1 million from a few foreign territories. Most of that came in Mexico, where Savages took fourth place with a $900,000. With a handful of popular Hispanic actors and plenty of plot ties to Mexico, that's a bit of a disappointing initial result for the Oliver Stone thriller.