Django Unchained once again led the foreign box office, reaffirming that mixing Quentin Tarantino with an all-star cast is enough to get foreign audiences to check out a western. Meanwhile, Skyfall finally opened in China and the results were nothing short of spectacular.
Django added $43.1 million from 64 markets this weekend. Its biggest opening took place in Australia, where it claimed first place with $4.2 million (noticeably higher than Inglourious Basterds's $2.6 million). Across its holdover markets, it dipped an average of 21 percent; it eased 11 percent to $8.1 million in Germany, 18 percent to $6.6 million in France, and 16 percent to $3.8 million in the U.K.
Through less than two weeks in theaters, Django has earned $111.6 million overseas. Add in its great $146.2 million domestic haul, and the movie is at $257.7 million worldwide; it should pass Inglourious Basterds's $321.5 million total in the next two weeks.
With a few minor cuts, Skyfall opened to an incredible $34.4 million in its first seven days in China. That's nine percent ahead of The Dark Knight Rises and four percent ahead of The Amazing Spider-Man. The 23rd James Bond movie has now earned $776.6 million overseas, which ranks second all-time for a 2D-only movie behind Titanic ($1.53 billion) and sixth all-time among all titles. Worldwide, Skyfall has reached $1.079 billion, and it will pass The Dark Knight Rises ($1.081 billion) in the next day or two to become the seventh-highest-grossing movie ever.
Coinciding with its decent U.S. debut, Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters expanded in to 19 more overseas markets and earned $25.4 million this weekend. It took first place in 18 of 19 territories, and was 141 percent ahead of Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter ($79 million overseas) across the same markets. Hansel got off to a great start in Brazil ($4.5 million) and Mexico ($3.7 million), though its top territory remained its lone holdover, Russia ($4.75 million). The movie has already earned $36.4 million, and should have no problem getting to $100 million once it expands to the rest of its overseas markets.
Life of Pi continued its phenomenal overseas run by earning $18.5 million this weekend. It opened in first place with $4.6 million in Japan, which is its final major market. The Ang Lee adaptation has now grossed $422.2 million, and should close with well over $450 million.
Les Miserables also continued to perform well in foreign markets. The musical grossed $14.2 million from 33 territories for a new total of $176.7 million; it held first place for the third-straight weekend in the U.K. with $6.3 million. Worldwide, Les Miserables has earned $314.2 million, and it's set to expand to Italy and Brazil next weekend.
Domestic hit and 12-time Oscar nominee Lincoln earned $10.8 million in its second weekend in overseas release. The Steven Spielberg-directed biopic had good starts in Italy ($2.8 million), the U.K. ($2.6 million) and Brazil ($1.03 million), though it's clear that the movie isn't as immediately accessible overseas as it was in the U.S. With $14.6 million in the bank so far, Lincoln expands in to 22 new markets including France and the Netherlands next weekend.