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International Box Office: Sherlock Sequel tries to Climb out of Its Shadow

January 11th, 2012

It's clear that Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows won't surpass its predecessor domestically, while it will be difficult to avoid that fate internationally. That said, it did climb into first place on the international chart with $44.9 million in 51 markets over the weekend for a total of $180.6 million after four weeks of release, while its worldwide total reached $337.6 million. It debuted in first place in a couple major markets this past weekend. In Australia it earned $6.65 million on 386 screens, while in Spain it managed $4.67 million on 459. Even if it had no major markets left to open in, it still would get to $250 million internationally. With debuts in Brazil, France, and Japan ahead, it could reach north of $300 million.

Alvin & The Chipmunks: Chipwrecked climbed to second place with $31.04 million on 7,096 screens in 63 markets for a total of $129.81 million internationally. It opened in first place in Brazil with $4.15 million on 553 screens over the weekend for a total opening of $6.66 million. It had to settle for third place in Italy $2.86 million on 375 screens over the weekend for a total opening of $4.70 million.

Mission: Impossible: Ghost Protocol fell to third place with $29.46 million on 6,776 screens in 54 markets for totals of $289.94 million internationally and $459.51 million worldwide. It had no major market openings this past week, but it debuts in Italy next week and Scandinavia over the following few weeks.

Puss In Boots remained in fourth place with $18.52 million on 5,645 screens in 45 markets for totals of $312.18 million internationally and $458.77 million worldwide. The film is in a gap between major openings, but it isn't quite done yet, so half a billion dollars worldwide is within reach.

The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo had its best single weekend on the international chart with $12.23 million on 2,178 screens in 32 markets for a still relatively early total of $29.03 million. The film opened in first place in Russia with $6 million. Meanwhile, it has made $12.12 million in the U.K., including $2.55 million on 473 screens this past weekend. It needs to do well internationally to show a profit sooner rather than later, but it has yet to open in most major markets, so it still has a chance to be a solid financial success.

The Flowers Of War added $11.35 million in China lifting its total to $88.89 million after four weeks of release. By this time next week, the film should hit the century mark.

The Flying Swords Of Dragon's Gate is also on pace to reach $100 million worldwide, but it will take a bit longer to get there than the previous film will. This past weekend it earned $10.89 million in 3 markets for a total of $80.64 million.


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Filed under: International Box Office, Puss in Boots, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows, Mission: Impossible—Ghost Protocol, Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked, Jin líng shí san chai