Around-the-World Roundup: 'Dark Knight' Rules Again
by Ray Subers
August 13, 2012
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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.
Other Notables - Weekend Gross - Gross-to-Date (in millions)
Prometheus - $7.3 - $194.4
Abe Lincoln - $3.5 - $41
Amazing Spider-Man - $3.1 - $435.3
The Campaign - $2.1 - $2.1
ParaNorman - $1.3 - $4.9
The Lorax - $1.2 - $121.4
Diary of a Wimpy Kid 3 - $1.05 - $6
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