Around-the-World Roundup: 'Dark Knight' Rules Again
by Ray Subers
The Dark Knight Rises
August 13, 2012
Once again, The Dark Knight Rises easily topped the overseas box office this past weekend. The conclusion to Christopher Nolan's Batman trilogy earned $35.1 million from 58 markets, which is on average a 49 percent decline from last weekend. That brought the movie's overseas total to $446.6 million, which puts it on pace to exceed The Dark Knight's $468.6 million total sometime next weekend. Worldwide, The Dark Knight Rises has now taken in over $837 million, and with China and Italy still on the horizon there's a very good chance it eventually passes $1 billion.
In second place, Ted added $20.3 million from 25 territories. Its biggest opening came in Spain, where it took second place with $2.3 million. That may not sound like a great debut, but it's actually the highest ever for an original R-rated comedy there. The movie also eased a light 18 percent to $5.6 million in Germany, and dropped 46 percent to $5 million in the U.K. Seth MacFarlane's comedy blockbuster has already earned $113.9 million overseas, and still has 33 markets left to open in.
Total Recall expanded to a few major new territories and earned $19 million this weekend. It had a good $6 million start in Russia, and was also fine in Japan ($3.5 million) and Mexico ($2 million). With an early total of $28.3 million, it's still hard to tell if foreign grosses can save this movie from its miserable domestic tally.
Brave grossed $17.2 million in 40 markets this weekend. In release in 66 percent of the international marketplace, the latest movie from Disney/Pixar has so far banked $147.1 million.
International sensation Ice Age: Continental Drift tallied another $16.2 million in 61 markets, which brings its incredible total to $621.2 million. That ranks third all-time among animated movies, and it's now one of only 20 movies to ever gross more than $600 million overseas.
Step Up Revolution added $9.9 million from 27 markets. It had a fine $2.4 million start in France and a strong $1.3 million first place debut in Taiwan, but it bombed in the U.K. with a weak $1.1 million. The dance flick has now earned $32.6 million, and still has a very long way to go before it matches its predecessor's $117 million total.
Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted took in $9.1 million in 40 territories this weekend. With a strong total of $335.5 million, the movie expands next in to Italy on Aug. 24.
Domestic winner The Bourne Legacy also made its overseas debut this weekend with $7.7 million from 13 smaller territories. It scored Universal's biggest opening ever in the Philippines ($2.7 million), which can be attributed to the last hour or so of the movie taking place in Manila. It also took first place in Singapore with $1.4 million and second in Taiwan with $1.2 million. Next weekend, The Bourne Legacy expands in to Australia, Spain and the U.K.