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Around-the-World Roundup: 'Paranormal 4' Grows Audience Overseas

by Ray Subers
Paranormal Activity 4
 

 
October 23, 2012

While domestic interest for Paranormal Activity is fading, it's never been higher overseas. The fourth installment in the franchise debuted to $26.4 million this weekend, which is up an average of 11 percent over its predecessor. That movie closed with $103 million, which is a good target for Paranormal Activity 4.

The movie's top market was the U.K. with a $4.1 million five-day start, though that was only good for second place there. It was also runner-up in Russia with $3.9 million, while it took first place in Australia ($3.7 million), Germany ($3.3 million), Mexico ($2.2 million) and Brazil ($1.7 million). Probably the biggest letdown came in Spain, where the movie wound up in fourth place with less than $1 million. Paranormal Activity 4 expands in to South Korea, India and a handful of other markets.

International hit Taken 2 added $24.9 million from 65 markets this weekend. Its best territory was once again the U.K., where it grossed $3.7 million for a strong total of $30.1 million. The action sequel has now earned $176.5 million (more than double its predecessor's total) and its worldwide figure reached $281 million.

Hotel Transylvania took in $15.3 million in 38 territories for a total of $69 million. Its biggest opening came in Russia, where it debuted in first place with over $6.1 million. Star Adam Sandler's highest-grossing movie overseas is currently Just Go With It with $111.9 million, which is a total that seems within range at this point for Hotel Transylvania.

Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted reached its final major market this weekend, and also hit what should be its last significant milestone. The three-quel added $14.7 million, with $9.7 million (including previews) coming from a first place debut in the U.K. Including its Monday grosses, Madagascar 3 has now earned $484.1 million overseas, which pushes its worldwide total just north of $700 million. That makes it Dreamworks Animation's first non-Shrek movie to ever reach that level.

Foreign sequel Asterix et Obelix: Au service de Sa Majeste made a splash this weekend with at least $12.7 million from 13 markets. Most of that revenue came from France, where it scored a huge $9.3 million.

After its record-setting debut last weekend, The Impossible eased 22 percent to once again take first place in Spain with $9 million. That's the second-best second weekend ever there behind Avatar, and the movie is already the highest-grossing movie of the year in Spain with $26 million.

In a handful of smaller markets, Argo debuted to $1.2 million. It's in line for much higher grosses next weekend when it opens in Spain, Australia and Japan; the movie then expands in to France, Germany, Italy, Russia, Brazil, Mexico and the U.K. in early November.

Other Notables - Weekend Gross - Gross-to-Date (in millions)
Ted - $8.3 - $263
Total Recall - $4.8 - $125.7
Frankenweenie - $4.1 - $11.9
Killing Them Softly - $2.9 - $10.5
Savages - $2.6 - $26.8
Resident Evil 5 - $2.5 - $175.5
Intouchables - $2.1 - $389
Brave - $1.4 - $296.5
Bachelorette - $1.4 - $2.5
Ice Age 4 - $1.3 - $707.1
Anna Karenina - $1.3 - $9.8
The Bourne Legacy - $1 - $126.4

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Around-the-World Roundup: 'Taken 2' Crushes Predecessor, 'Ted' Sets New Record
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