Around-the-World Roundup: Fifth 'Die Hard' Has 'Good Day' Overseas
by Ray Subers
A Good Day to Die Hard
February 19, 2013
Coinciding with its domestic debut, A Good Day to Die Hard expanded in to a total of 65 foreign markets and easily took first place at the overseas box office this weekend. Meanwhile, Django Unchained passed another significant milestone, and Skyfall joined the elusive $800 million overseas club.
The fifth Die Hard movie tallied $60.2 million this weekend for an early total of $78.7 million. Its top market was the U.K. with $7.5 million, though it also had good starts in Japan ($7 million) and Germany ($6.5 million) and decent debuts in Mexico ($3 million) and Spain ($1.98 million).
Oddly, despite its Moscow setting A Good Day to Die Hard only opened to $6.6 million in Russia (noticeably less than last month's Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters, for example). Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol, also underwhelmed in Russia ($12.4 million total) even though it featured a lengthy section in Moscow; this suggests that setting a movie in Russia doesn't guarantee blockbuster numbers in that rapidly expanding market.
A Good Day to Die Hard still has to open in Australia, Brazil, France, India and China, which means there's still a good chance it ultimately matches Live Free or Die Hard's $250 million overseas total.
Django Unchained added $13.8 million this weekend, which pushed its foreign total to an excellent $208.5 million. In the process, writer-director Quentin Tarantino's "Southern" eclipsed Inglourious Basterds's $201 million foreign total. That's an incredible accomplishment considering Basterds is essentially a European World War II movie while Django is an American-set Western (a genre that is notoriously difficult to sell overseas). While it's hard to say what specifically drove these impressive numbers, it's likely that goodwill from Basterds and the presence of international superstar Leonardo DiCaprio had a lot to do with it. Worldwide, Django has now earned over $365 million.
Wreck-It Ralph grossed $11.2 million in 68 markets this weekend for a new foreign total of $225.6 million. As a result, the animated hit passed $400 million worldwide.
Les Miserables continued its fantastic overseas run by adding another $9.8 million this weekend for a new total of $234.6 million. The musical debuted in five Latin American markets, the biggest of which was Mexico with $1.6 million. Oddly, in spite of its French connection it only opened in eighth place in France with $865,000. Worldwide, Les Miserables has so far brought in $379 million, and it will pass $400 million in the near future.
Domestic disappointment Beautiful Creatures also opened in 17 foreign markets this weekend and earned $4.5 million. It was decent in Russia ($2.2 million) but underperformed in the U.K. ($1.2 million).
Sometime in the past week, Skyfall passed $800 million overseas. That makes it only the sixth movie ever to reach that milestone, and the first 2D-only one to do so since Titanic in 1998.