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International Box Office: Potter Powers into Second Place

July 27th, 2011

After just 12 days of release, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2 raced into second place for the year on the international chart with $564.36 million, putting it just ahead of Transformers: Dark of the Moon. This includes its weekend haul of $119.54 million, which was earned on 16,529 screens in 60 markets, while its worldwide total reached $837.90 million, putting it into third place for the year, just behind Dark of the Moon. It is still miles away from Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, which is nearing $800 million internationally. I'm not saying the Deathly Hallows, Part 2 won't get there, but I'm also unwilling to bet money it will.

As for individual markets...

  • The U.K.: $13.88 million on 581 screens over the weekend for a total of $72.07 million after two.
  • Japan: $8.75 million on 910 screens over the weekend and $50.27 million in total.
  • Germany: $13.51 million on 920 screens over the weekend and $48.77 million in total.
  • Australia: $7.99 million on 759 screens over the weekend and $41.89 million in total.
  • France: $9.77 million on 812 screens over the weekend and $37.21 million in total.
  • Russia: $5.54 million on 1,562 screens over the weekend and $29.21 million in total.
  • Mexico: $4.91 million on 2,121 screens over the weekend and $28.34 million in total.
  • Brazil: $5.96 million on 861 screens over the weekend and $25.51 million in total.
  • Italy: $3.41 million on 948 screens over the weekend and $25.10 million in total.
  • South Korea: $5.45 million on 624 screens over the weekend and $22.57 million in total.
  • Spain: $2.67 million on 812 screens over the weekend and $15.92 million in total.
With China just around the corner, the film is on pace to reach $1 billion worldwide, and it could get there possibly as soon as this time next week.

Transformers: Dark of the Moon nearly doubled last weekend's haul earning $77.84 million on 13,708 screens in 57 markets for a total of $558.32 million internationally and $884.16 million worldwide. This past weekend the film set a record in China with $56 million during its four-day opening. $56 million. In China alone. There is a chance China's economy will crater in the next few years (look up China Ghost Cities for a picture of their housing bubble) but if they avoid that, China could become the single biggest movie market in the world before too long.

Cars 2 remained in third place with $17.50 million on 6,001 screens in 29 markets for totals of $174.70 million internationally and $351.08 million worldwide. This weekend it debuted in the U.K., but had to settle for second place with $5.77 million on 486 screens. This is an improvement over the original, but well back of Kung Fu Panda 2, for instance. Reached $500 to $600 million worldwide is still the goal, while the high end is a whole lot more likely than the low end.

Mr. Popper's Penguins reached this chart for the first time in its run with $12.28 million on 3,888 screens in 47 markets for a total of $56.42 million after more than a month of release. It had a trio of second place openings in France ($2.59 million on 444 screens); Mexico ($2.53 million on 820); and in Spain ($1.26 million on 358). It will soon surpass its domestic total internationally, which is enough to be considered a midlevel hit overall.

Singham opened in fifth place with $10.52 million on 1,974 screens in 34 markets. It was strong in India, but weak in most other markets.


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Filed under: International Box Office, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part II, Transformers: Dark of the Moon, Cars 2, Mr. Poppers's Penguins, Singham