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International Box Office: Sherlock Holmes Catches another Milestone

January 18th, 2012

Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows remained on top of the international chart with $27.4 million in 57 markets for totals of $222.0 million internationally and $392.2 million worldwide. The film's only major market opening came in Brazil where it topped the chart with $3.37 million on 446 screens. With openings in France and Japan still ahead, Game of Shadows should top $300 million internationally, while it has a shot at $500 million worldwide.

Mission: Impossible: Ghost Protocol climbed a spot to second with $16.51 million on 5,651 screens in 54 markets for totals of $320.47 million internationally and $507.41 million worldwide. The film is coasting on holdovers, but it has made more than enough to ensure profitability.

The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo was right behind with $16.06 million on 3,910 screens in 44 markets for a relatively early international total of $49.34 million. It opened in second place in a trio of major markets with $2.91 million on 525 screens in Germany, $2.55 million on 252 screens in Australia, and $1.10 million on 478 screens in Spain. The film opened in France this weekend, while it has debuts in Brazil, Italy, and Japan still to go.

Alvin & The Chipmunks: Chipwrecked fell to fourth place with $14.82 million on 6,400 screens in 64 markets for totals of $154.40 million internationally and $273.28 million worldwide. It is coasting on holdovers from now on, but it has made enough to ensure a profit, so the studio should be happy. On the other hand, I don't think it has made enough to justify another installment in the franchise.

Puss In Boots was right behind with $14.64 million on 5,595 screens in 44 markets for totals of $331.76 million internationally and $478.91 million worldwide. The film ruled the box office in South Korea with $4.56 million on 593 screens over the weekend giving it a total opening of $5.42 million.

Up next were a pair of Chinese films, but not the two Chinese films that made more than $10 million last week. The Great Magician made $12.06 million in four markets, while Pleasant Goat And Big Bad Wolf 4 earned $11.33 million in China. It might become common for Chinese films to open with more than $10 million on the international chart, which would make that market one of the most lucrative for local hits.


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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