Around-the-World Roundup: 'The Hunger Games' Not Quite As Strong Overseas

by Ray Subers
The Hunger Games

March 27, 2012

Coinciding with its record-breaking domestic debut, The Hunger Games also launched in 67 overseas markets this weekend. It didn't exactly set the global box office on fire, though: the movie's estimated $59.25 million haul is very solid for the first in a new franchise, but it's a far cry from the remarkable $152.5 million start in the U.S.

The Hunger Games did take first place in most markets, including all of the major ones. It was most impressive in English-speaking countries Australia ($9.5 million) and the United Kingdom ($7.8 million), and it was also strong in Russia ($6.6 million). It had decent debuts in Germany ($4.3 million) and France ($3.8 million), but was comparatively stronger in the major Latin American markets Mexico ($3.6 million) and Brazil ($3.1 million).

Worldwide, The Hunger Games opened to $211.8 million, which ranks 21st all-time and fourth for a non-sequel behind Avatar, The Da Vinci Code and 2012. It still has a handful of significant launches on the horizon, including Japan, South Korea, Spain and Italy (it's unclear right now if it's going to open in China as well).

John Carter dropped 46 percent to an estimated $22.2 million, which brings its foreign total to a decent $172.1 million. The sci-fi epic still has to open in Japan, and it's almost guaranteed to close with well over $200 million overseas, though that's little consolation given how poor the movie has performed domestically (just $62.8 million through 18 days).

The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel expanded to 18 markets and had its best weekend yet with $8.1 million. The geriatric comedy had its top opening in Australia, where it took second place behind The Hunger Games with $3.8 million. With $33.1 million in the bank already, the movie will expand in to nine more markets this weekend and is set for a limited release in the U.S. on May 4.

The Intouchables continued its unprecedented run this weekend with another $7.7 million from eight territories. Most notably, the movie debuted in second place in South Korea with just over $3 million including preview screenings. That's the first major non-European launch, and the strong figure is the latest indication that the French comedy/drama has truly universal appeal. So far, the movie has earned $291.7 million overseas, and The Weinstein Company has a New York/Los Angeles opening planned for May 25.

Sometime last week, Martin Scorsese's period drama Hugo passed the $100 million mark overseas. The movie has now made roughly $103.5 million overseas for a worldwide total just under $177 million.

Other Notables - Weekend Gross - Gross-to-Date
This Means War - $6 - $78.4
21 Jump Street - $5.3 - $16
The Lorax - $5.3 - $21.1
Project X - $4.1 - $20.6
The Devil Inside - $3 - $44
The Vow - $2.6 - $50.3
Contraband - $2.4 - $24.9
Safe House - $2.2 - $71.1
Puss in Boots - $1.8 - $395.1
Chronicle - $1.1 - $55.8

Domestic Report:
'The Hunger Games' Devours $152.5 Million

Last Weekend:
'John Carter' Leads Again Overseas

Related Charts:
2012 Worldwide Grosses
2011 Worldwide Grosses
All-Time Worldwide Grosses
All-Time Worldwide Openings

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