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Around-the-World Roundup: 'Die Hard' Leads Again, 'Hobbit' Debuts in China

by Ray Subers
A Good Day to Die Hard
 

 
February 26, 2013

A Good Day to Die Hard hung on to first place at the overseas box office this weekend, while The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey inched closer to the $1 billion mark thanks to a strong opening in China.

The fifth installment in the Die Hard franchise added $35.3 million from 66 markets. It debuted in first place in France and Brazil with $5.5 million and $2.6 million, respectively, and also had a solid $1.4 million start in India. Take out those grosses and that leaves just $25.8 million from holdover markets, which is a drop of more than 50 percent from last weekend. Still, the movie has now earned $132 million total, and with Australia and China yet to open there's a good chance it ultimately matches its predecessor's $250 million foreign gross.

The Hobbit opened to $18.1 million in China this weekend. According to Warner Bros., that's the fourth-biggest three-day start ever for a U.S. movie. That brings the movie's foreign total to $679.6 million (12th all-time); it's also now less than $20 million away from passing $1 billion worldwide, which it should be able to do if China keeps it in theaters for a full two weeks.

Blockbuster musical Les Miserables added $9.1 million from 52 markets this weekend to bring its impressive overseas total to $248.4 million. Its only major debut came in Germany, where it took fourth place with a fine $1.9 million. Worldwide, Les Miserables is a few days away from hitting $400 million, and it could get a nice boost when it opens in China this weekend.

Django Unchained continued its great foreign run this weekend with $8.9 million in 61 territories. The movie's highest-grossing market so far is Germany with $42.5 million; overall, writer-director Quentin Tarantino's "Southern" has earned $221.8 million overseas without even reaching Asia yet.

Other Notables - Weekend Gross - Gross-to-Date (in millions)
Wreck-It Ralph - $8 - $241.5
Beautiful Creatures - $6 - $13.8
Silver Linings - $5.6 - $60
Mama - $5.5 - $27.3
Lincoln - $5.4 - $67.1
Flight - $4.9 - $42.3
Hansel and Gretel - $4.7 - $108.5
Hotel Transylvania - $3.3 - $189.6
Gangster Squad - $3.2 - $50.4
Warm Bodies - $3.1 - $23.8
Jack Reacher - $2.8 - $133.6
The Last Stand - $2.8 - $19.3
Anna Karenina - $2.2 - $43.7
Life of Pi - $2 - $470.4
Ted - $1.9 - $320.9
The Impossible - $1.7 - $147.8
Cloud Atlas - $1.5 - $87.8
This Is 40 - $1.4 - $11.4
Cirque Du Soleil - $1.1 - $17.1
Hitchcock - $1.1 - $12.5

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