The Hobbit added $8.6 million in China for a new total of $37.6 million there. That helped push the international total past $700 million, making it just the 10th movie ever to reach that level (and the seventh movie in the past two years). Add in the $301.4 million at the domestic box office, and The Hobbit is now the 15th movie ever to reach $1 billion worldwide.
The movie's worldwide gross is still well below that of The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King ($1.12 billion), though it is at least ahead of Fellowship of the Ring ($872 million) and The Two Towers ($926 million). By the end of its run, it should finish just short of Alice in Wonderland, which currently ranks 13th all-time with $1.024 billion. The Hobbit is the fourth movie from 2012 to pass $1 billion following The Avengers ($1.51 billion), Skyfall ($1.11 billion) and The Dark Knight Rises ($1.08 billion). That's the most billion-dollar movies ever in one year; while it's too early to say for certain, it seems unlikely that 2013 will match this level. A Good Day to Die Hard once again took first place overseas with $17.5 million, which is off 50 percent from last weekend. Its top market was France with $3.2 million. To date, the fifth Die Hard movie has earned $160.6 million; with China and Australia on the way, it will absolutely close above $200 million, though reaching its predecessor's $250 million is starting to look tough. Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters expanded in to three more major markets this weekend and earned $14.9 million. It had excellent first place starts in Germany ($5.3 million) and Spain ($2.2 million), and was also on top in the U.K. with a less-impressive $2.4 million. For a movie that was basically written off a year ago, its $125.1 million foreign total is not bad at all, and with an opening in France coming up next weekend it should get past $200 million worldwide in the near future.
While its domestic debut left something to be desired, Jack the Giant Slayer opened to a very good $14.3 million from 10 Asian markets (taking first place in eight). Its highest-grossing territory was South Korea, where it took third with a healthy $4.8 million. On the weekend of March 15, it begins its expansion in to the rest of the world with openings in Germany, Spain and Mexico.
Worldwide hit Les Miserables added $10.4 million from 50 markets this weekend, which includes a strong $3.9 million start in China. The musical has now earned $264.3 million overseas for a worldwide total north of $411 million.