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International Box Office: Swan's Song a Three-Part Harmony

March 2nd, 2011

For the third weekend in a row, Black Swan led the way on the international chart, pulling in $17.50 million on 3,950 screens in 45 markets for a total of $123.37 million internationally and $226.95 million worldwide. In Spain it remained in first place with $2.52 million on 319 screens over the weekend for a total of $6.47 million after two. It added $2.81 million on 363 screens over the weekend for a total of $13.74 million after three. It doesn't have many markets left to open in, but the film has already made nearly a quarter billion dollars on a production budget of just $13 million, so it is fantastically profitable.

The King's Speech remained in second place with $16.27 million on 3341 screens in 44 markets for a total of $158.20 million internationally and $272.43 million worldwide. It opened in fifth place in Japan with $1.23 million, but that was on just 107 screens giving it the second best per screen average in the top ten there. Meanwhile in the U.K., the film added $1.96 million on 540 screens over the weekend, lifting its total to $64.60 million after eight weeks of release. With its performance at the Oscars, it could hold on for a while, despite the lack of major debuts in its future.

I Am Number Four hit the chart for the first time with $16.10 million on 3746 screens in 23 markets for an early total of $21.90 million. It placed first in Russia with $3.31 million on 643 screens and in Australia with $2.28 million on 340 screens over the weekend for a total opening of $3.14 million. On the other hand, it had to settle for third place in the U.K. with $2.64 million on 393 screens.

True Grit rose to fourth place with $13.30 million on 3218 screens in 53 markets for a total of $47.06 million internationally. I was expecting more given its domestic run. The film opened in second place in France with $4.01 million on 404 screens, while it only managed fourth place in Germany with $2.14 million on 267 screens over the weekend for a total opening of $2.27 million.

Just Go With It entered the chart for the first time, hitting fifth place over the weekend with $9.35 million on 2092 screens in 29 markets for total of $25.03 million. It opened in second place in a pair of major markets including Germany with $2.83 million on 499 screens over the weekend for a total opening of $3.03 million. Meanwhile in Spain it managed $2.14 million on 336 screens.

Gnomeo & Juliet slipped a spot to sixth with $9.15 million on 2435 screens in 19 markets for a still early total of $36.37 million. It was down just 23% in Australia, adding $1.52 million on 224 screens over the weekend for a total of $3.93 million after two.

No Strings Attached was next with $9.06 million on 2513 screens in 40 markets over the weekend for a total of $34.17 million after three. It only managed eighth place in the U.K. with $1.59 million on 361 screens.

Yogi Bear continues to march to $100 million internationally, adding $8.73 million on 3426 screens in 37 markets for a total of $91.84 million. The lack of major openings didn't hurt the film, especially with its 7% growth in the U.K. where it rose to $2.38 million on 466 screens over the weekend for a total of $12.38 million after three. This time next week it should have $100 million internationally, shortly followed up by $200 million worldwide. That's enough to show a profit sooner rather than later, but not enough to make a sequel a wise investment.

Tangled is slowly falling down the chart, but it still earned ninth place with $8.08 million on 3417 screens in 40 markets for a total of $343.07 million internationally and $537.95 million worldwide. $600 million is likely out of reach, but I'm sure someone at Disney is working on a sequel.

The Voyage Of The Dawn Treader returned to the chart, sort of, placing 11th with $6.83 million on 963 screens in 3 markets for a total of $284.41 million. Of its weekend haul, $5.58 million was earned on 907 screens in Japan, giving it a total opening in that market of $6.61 million.

Way down the list was Paul, which plummeted 63% during its second weekend of release in the U.K. It still managed $3.35 million on 444 screens for a total of $16.38 million there, which is a good figure so far, but its fast decline is troubling.


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Filed under: International Box Office, Tangled, Gnomeo and Juliet, The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, Yogi Bear, True Grit, Paul, Black Swan, I am Number Four, Just Go With It, The King’s Speech, No Strings Attached