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International Box Office: Transformers Hold Top Spot with Plenty of Milestones Below

July 13th, 2011

Transformers: Dark of the Moon repeated as champion on the international stage with $94.70 million on 11,222 screens in 58 markets for a total of $386.43 million internationally and $647.51 million worldwide. At this pace, by this weekend it will be ahead of Transformers and will have no trouble becoming the biggest hit in the franchise. As for individual markets, it earned the most in South Korea where it was down just 31% to $15.11 million on 1,301 screens over the weekend for a total of $54.47 million after two. It became the fastest film to reach $50 million in that market. It wasn't able to hold on as well in the U.K. down 56% to $7.58 million on 522 screens over the weekend for a total of $31.45 million after two. In Australia it was down 43%, which at first glance seems strong, but it was a holiday weekend in that market and half the films in the top five saw growth. It still added $7.52 million on 596 screens over the weekend for a running tally of $29.13 million, which is stronger than its performance, given the relative size of the two markets. The film fell 56% in Russia, which isn't bad compared to the average drop-off in that market. It managed $7.47 million on 1,385 screens over the weekend for a two-week total of $36.03 million.

Cars 2 remained in second place with $23.40 million on 6,422 screens in 29 markets for a total of $121.14 million internationally and $269.97 million worldwide. If the film can make at least $500 million worldwide, then it will be considered a financial hit. And since it is tracking very close to Kung Fu Panda 2, which already has $400 million internationally, this should be an easy feat to accomplish. In Spain, the film opened in $3.50 million on 802 screens over the weekend for a total opening of $5.00 million, while in Argentina it made $2.6 million on 250 screens over the weekend for a total opening on $3.1 million. In both cases, it opened ahead of Kung Fu Panda 2's debuts. It was also ahead of the original Cars in both markets. In fact, it earned roughly the same during its opening in Argentina as its predecessor made in total.

It was a milestone weekend for Kung Fu Panda 2, as the film crossed $400 million internationally. It did so with a weekend tally of $14.01 million on 6,474 screens in 53 markets for a total of $404.11 million internationally and $563.12 million worldwide. worldwide. It had no major market openings this past weekend, but holidays did help it grow 16% in Australia to $2.96 million on 467 screens over the weekend for a total of $14.73 million after three. Up next is Japan and Italy at the end of August, but before then it should reach $600 million worldwide.

Bad Teacher re-entered this list in fourth place with $13.30 million on 1,688 screens in 31 markets for a total of $45.95 million. It opened in second place in Russia with a bizarrely strong result; it earned $5.87 million on 538 screens. This is better than Super 8 opened with, better than X-Men: First Class, better than The Hangover 2. Normally comedies like this one don't translate well, so this is even more surprising. It also opened in second place in Spain with $1.76 million on 334 screens, which is good, but not shockingly so.

Further down the list we find The Hangover 2 in tenth spot; however, it's weekend total is not that interesting, but it did cross $300 million internationally since last week. Likewise, X-Men: First Class has fallen way down the international chart, but that didn't prevent it from topping $200 million over the weekend. Finally, Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides has pulled in $1.02 billion worldwide, putting it less than a week away from overtaking Alice in Wonderland.


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Filed under: International Box Office, Transformers: Dark of the Moon, The Hangover Part II, Kung Fu Panda 2, Cars 2, Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, Bad Teacher, X-Men: First Class