John Carter's international run is heavenly, at least compared to its domestic run. It's weak compared to its production budget. This weekend it added $40.7 million in 54 markets for a total of $126.10 million. It opened huge in China with $10.4 million, while it held on reasonably well in Russia earning $6.60 million on 939 screens over the weekend for a total of $26.10 million after two. At this pace, getting to $200 million internationally and $300 million worldwide might be difficult. And that would be the minimum needed to save face.
The Lorax made its first appearance on the international chart in second place with $12.08 million on 1,285 screens in 16 markets for an early total of $14.61 million. Much of this came from Russia where it has earned $9.69 million on 693 screens, including midweek numbers.
This Means War remained in third place with $9.16 million on 4,334 screens in 58 markets for a total of $69.45 million after a month of release. Its biggest new market of the weekend was Brazil where it made $1.7 million on 314 screens, while it had to settle for second place in Mexico with $1.4 million on 543.
21 Jump Street opened in fourth place with $7.17 million on 702 screens in 11 markets. Its best opening came from Australia where it earned first place with $4.38 million on 300 screens, but it also did well in the U.K. with $2.47 million on 389, which was enough for second place.
There were a few other notable milestones reached by films further down the list. Journey 2: The Mysterious Island crossed $200 million internationally early in the week and is now over $300 million worldwide. Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol crossed $100 million in China alone.
Date posted: 2012-03-21