Around-the-World Roundup: Foreign Box Office Gets 'Smurfed'

by Ray Subers
The Smurfs

August 16, 2011

Further solidifying its foreign drawing power, The Smurfs unseated four-time champ Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 to take the top spot this weekend. Rise of the Planet of the Apes also put up mighty numbers, while Transformers: Dark of the Moon made another major move on the all-time worldwide chart.

The Smurfs earned $61.5 million from 44 territories. That included a potent $12.5 million in China, which ranked in the all-time Top Ten for non-Chinese movies, according to distributor Sony Pictures International. It also opened well in the United Kingdom ($6.6 million), Russia ($4.5 million) and South Korea ($2.5 million). It also had strong holds in Brazil ($5.3 million) and Germany ($4.6 million), dropping 25 and 28 percent, respectively. The Smurfs has already made $143.2 million overseas for a worldwide (domestic plus foreign) total of $245.5 million and should continue to play well throughout the rest of the Summer.

Rise of the Planet of the Apes expanded in to 39 markets and grossed $40.1 million. The Apes had impressive first place starts in the U.K. ($9.6 million), France ($8.7 million) and Germany ($4.75 million). With a $74.8 million foreign total, Apes is set to expand to South Korea next weekend with Brazil and Mexico opening in the following weeks.

Settling for third, Harry Potter still tacked on $29.3 million from 61 territories to bring its foreign total to a phenomenal $858.2 million. It added $8.1 million in China and jumped nine percent to $5.2 million in Japan thanks to the Obon holidays. On Saturday or Sunday, Potter's worldwide total passed $1.2 billion.

Transformers: Dark of the Moon eased 30 percent to $14.6 million from 62 territories. It added $4.7 million in China to bring its total to a whopping $151.1 million. It also slid just 5 percent to $4.6 million in Japan due to the holidays there. Over the weekend, Transformers passed Toy Story 3 and Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest to take fifth place on the all-time worldwide chart with $1.076 billion.

After languishing at the bottom of the charts for a while, Green Lantern rocketed back on to the scene with $14.1 million in 29 markets. It debuted in first place in Mexico ($4.5 million) and Australia ($3.1 million), and ended up in third place in France with $3.2 million. It was scheduled to open in France this weekend, though Warner Bros. did not include those figures in their report. The movie has now made a paltry $61.5 million overseas, but at least it still has openings in Brazil and Japan to look forward to.

Cars 2 slowed 44 percent to $13.1 million for a $290 million total. On a worldwide basis, it passed the first Cars late last week and has now made $476 million.

Without any major openings, Captain America: The First Avenger fell 53 percent to $12.2 million for an overseas total of $128.3 million. It expands to France, Germany and a handful of other European countries next weekend. Super 8, another Paramount Pictures International release, added $9.8 million for a total of $94.8 million. It had a weak $1.2 million opening in Brazil and is set to launch in Spain next weekend.

Cowboys & Aliens had its first foreign openings this weekend, grossing $7.1 million from 14 locations. That included a decent $2.95 million in Russia and an unimpressive $1.2 million in South Korea. Next weekend, the movie expands to eight more markets, including the U.K. and Australia.

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Other Notables - Weekend Gross - Gross-to-Date
Bridesmaids - $5.2 - $98.1
Horrible Bosses - $5.7 - $35.2
Mr. Popper's Penguins - $4.7 - $89.5
Zookeeper - $3.8 - $56.2
Bad Teacher - $3 - $94
Residual Leave (Resturlaub) - $2.5 - $2.5
Glee - $1.2 - $1.2

Domestic Report:
'Apes' Clings to Top Spot, 'Help' Cleans Up

Last Weekend:
'Potter' Passes 'Rings'

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2011 Worldwide Grosses
All-Time Worldwide Grosses

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