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International Box Office: Giving Up Deadlines for Lent

March 10th, 2011

This week is was Shrove Tuesday, Pancake Wednesday, and now it's the beginning of Lent. Because of this, a lot of international numbers were not as timely as I would like. And we are still stuck with a lot of studio estimates. Leading the way was The King's Speech with $18.9 million over the weekend for a total of $183.5 million internationally and just over $300 million worldwide. It grew by 31% in Japan to $1.61 million on 124 screens over the weekend for a total of $5.32 million after two. Meanwhile it was down just 11% in the U.K. to $1.76 million on 470 screens over the weekend for a total of $68.45 million after two months of release.

Rango opened in second place with $16.5 million on 3815 screens. Its biggest opening came in the U.K. where it earned first place with $2.67 million on 470 screens, but that's not a great start and is only equivalent to about $15 million to $20 million here. In Mexico it opened with $2.66 million on 515 screens, which is much more impressive given the relative size of the two markets. On the other hand, it only managed third place in South Korea with $1.24 million on 377 screens and fourth place in Germany with $1.72 million on 531 screens.

Black Swan fell to third place, but with a still very impressive $15.6 million on 3959 screens in 45 markets for a total of $147.6 million internationally and $252.7 million worldwide. It rose to first place in South Korea with $2.05 million on 416 screens over the weekend and $6.25 million after two.

I Am Number Four was next with $12 million on 4184 screens in 26 markets for $42.1 million internationally, which is already very close to its domestic tally. China added $3.7 million on 1200 screens over the weekend for a total of $9.4 million after two. It added $1.33 million 341 screens in Australia for a total of $5.46 million after two. In Russia it made $1.07 million on 643 screens for a total of $5.63 million, also after two.

The Adjustment Bureau opened with $10.5 million on 1957 screens in 21 markets. This includes the U.K. where it ranked second with $2.28 million on 438 screens. It was also opened in second place in Australia with $1.88 million on 242 screens while it managed second in South Korea with $1.33 million on 438 screens over the weekend and $1.76 million in total. It opened in third place in Spain with $1.34 million on 292 screens in Russia with $1.10 million on 273. It's a little too soon to tell how well this film will do when all is said and done, but it looks like it will be a midlevel hit.

Finally, we get all the way to Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part I, which finally overtook The Philosopher's Stone for the best international run in the franchise. It now has $657.24 million to $657.20 million, which was the previous franchise best. Will Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part II be the first Harry Potter film to reach $1 billion worldwide? I think it will be.


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Filed under: International Box Office, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part I, Rango, The Adjustment Bureau, Black Swan, I am Number Four, The King’s Speech