Around-the-World Roundup: 'Expendables 2' Flexes Muscles Overseas

by Ray Subers
The Expendables 2

August 28, 2012

The Expendables 2 reached a handful of major new markets this weekend and held on to first place at the overseas box office. Meanwhile, The Dark Knight Rises continued to inch closer to the $1 billion worldwide mark ahead of its openings in China and Italy this week.

The Expendables 2 earned at least $25.9 million from 36 territories this weekend. It opened in first place in France ($6.1 million), Spain ($2.3 million) and India ($1.8 million). Also, through less than two weeks it has already passed its predecessor's total in Russia ($14.1 million vs. $13.7 million). So far, the action hero team-up has earned over $66 million overseas.

The Dark Knight Rises added $16 million for a new foreign total of $520 million. Its total in the United Kingdom reached $82.1 million, which makes it the top movie of 2012 (ahead of The Avengers) and the highest-grossing superhero movie ever there. Through Sunday the movie's worldwide total is $941.3 million, and with openings in China on Monday (figures aren't yet available) and Italy on Wednesday the conclusion to Christopher Nolan's Batman trilogy should reach $1 billion worldwide in the next few weeks.

Total Recall grossed $14.3 million this weekend to bring its total to $80.3 million. It debuted in first place in Australia with $2.5 million and second place in Germany with $2.2 million.

Brave added $14.6 million, which brought its total past the $200 million mark ($212.3 million). Including its $230.2 million domestic gross, it's the 11th-straight Pixar movie to earn more than $400 million worldwide. Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted also had a nice weekend, earning $13.9 million from 37 territories for a new total of $371.4 million. It opened to $8 million over its first five days in Italy, which is a great start there.

Prometheus finally landed in Japan, where it has grossed a huge $9.6 million since opening late last week. The movie has so far earned $215 million overseas.

Playing in 31 territories, comedy sensation Ted banked another $9.8 million for a new total of $155.7 million. Worldwide, the movie has passed $370 million, and will ultimately wind up way north of $400 million. That will make it Universal's highest-grossing movie of 2012 ahead of mega-budget movies Snow White and the Huntsman (wrapping up its run at around $395 million) and Battleship ($302.8 million).

Another Universal movie, The Bourne Legacy, grossed $9.2 million in 24 markets this weekend for an early total of $43.6 million. Its only major opening was in Mexico, where it took second place with $1.4 million. The reboot/spin-off expands in to Russia and a handful of smaller markets next weekend.

Other Notables - Weekend Gross - Gross-to-Date (in millions)
Rurouni Kenshin - $7 - $7
Step Up 4 - $5.4 - $59.6
ParaNorman - $4.1 - $12.7
The Avengers - $3.9 - $874
The Watch - $2.5 - $3.2
The Dictator - $2.4 - $112.7
Hope Springs - $2.3 - $4
To Rome with Love - $1.5 - $31.5
Piranha 3DD - $1.5 - $7
Abe Lincoln - $1.3 - $46.3
Premium Rush - $1.2 - $1.2

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