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Around-the-World Roundup: 'Taken' Repeats, 'Hobbit' Hits $800 Million

by Ray Subers
Taken 3
 

 
January 19, 2015

For the second weekend in a row, Taken 3 took first place at the overseas box office.

The final installment in the popular action franchise added $31 million from 48 markets, which brings its early international total to $97.6 million. It held on to first place in the U.K. with $5.5 million, and debuted in Germany ($4.4 million), Russia ($2.2 million) and Spain ($1.2 million). It also scored $2.5 million in the Philippines, which is the second-biggest opening ever for 20th Century Fox.

Seventh Son added $21.7 million for a new total of $60.5 million. Most of that came from China, where it opened to a solid $15 million. It also took first place in Mexico with $2.9 million. The long-delayed fantasy movie reaches the U.S. on February 6th.

Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb grossed $17.8 million this weekend, which includes a $3.9 million debut in South Korea. So far, the final installment in the franchise has grossed $178 million.

Penguins of Madagascar earned $16.3 million this weekend, which brings its total to $224.3 million. In Brazil, it opened in first place with an impressive $5.1 million. On a worldwide basis, the DreamWorks Animation spin-off has now taken in over $300 million.

American Sniper expanded in to seven new markets and earned an estimated $9.3 million this weekend. That includes $3.6 million in the U.K.—Clint Eastwood's biggest debut ever—and $1.2 million in South Korea. It expands in to Australia next weekend, then reaches France, Brazil, Mexico, Spain, Japan and Germany in February.

The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies passed $800 million worldwide this weekend. On Friday, the final installment in Peter Jackson's Middle Earth trilogy opens in China.

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Forecast
• 'Sniper' Sets Sights on January Record

Weekend Report
• 'Sniper' Sets January Record with Stunning $89 Million Debut


This Timeframe in Past Years:
• 2014 - 'Ride Along' Cruises to January Record
• 2013 - 'Mama' Haunts First Place Over MLK Weekend
• 2012 - 'Contraband' Hijacks MLK Weekend
• 2011 - 'Green Hornet Kicks Into Top Gear Over MLK Weekend
• 2010 - 'Avatar' Reigns with Record MLK Gross
• 2009 - 'Paul Blart' Does Part in Record MLK Weekend
• 2008 - 'Cloverfield' Clobbers MLK Record
• 2007 - 'Stomp' Steps Up
• 2006 - 'Glory Road' Glides Past 'Hoodwinked' in MLK Photo Finish
• 2005 - 'Coach Carter' Delivers $29M Win

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