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International Top Five: Dragon Soars, But Alice Still Wonderful

March 31st, 2010

A couple of major market debuts helped Alice in Wonderland keep its hold on first place, with $50.63 million on 8369 screens in 51 markets for a total of $367.77 million internationally and $661.30 million worldwide. In France it debuted in first place with $11.67 million on 735 screens, while it opened with $5.1 million on 450 screens in China. The film added $3.74 million on 510 screens in the U.K. for a total of $52.18 million, which is the film's best single foreign market. By this time next week it should have crossed the $400 million mark internationally and $700 million worldwide. $800 million is practically a lock at this point. Depending on how well it does in Spain, Japan, and Brazil, it could finish with more than $900 million. It has done particularly well in Mexico, with a running tally of $22.56 million. This bodes well for its chances in Spain and Brazil. However, it hasn't managed the same success in South Korea, with $16.95 million. This could be an omen for its run in Japan.

How To Train Your Dragon climbed into second place with $30.48 million on 5445 screens in 35 markets for a still early international total of $42.74 million. The film opened in first place in a number of major markets, but its results were less than inspiring. For instance, in Germany it opened with $2.79 million on 664 screens, but that was not that much more than Alice in Wonderland made during its fourth weekend of release in that market. The same can be said of the film's $2.42 million opening on 367 screens in Australia. It only made $2.38 million on 577 screens in its debut in Spain. On the other hand, it did relatively well in Mexico with $2.63 million on 855 screens and in Brazil with $2.45 million on 244 screens. Meanwhile, it was only down 10% in Russia, adding $6.53 million on 818 screens over the weekend for a total of $16.92 million in total. Mixed signals like these make predicting the movie's final box office nearly impossible.

Shutter Island slipped a spot to third with $10.02 million on 3566 screens in 45 markets for a total of $124.25 million internationally and $244.86 million worldwide. The film had no major opening over the weekend, but was led by the U.K. with $1.72 million on 418 screens, giving the film $11.51 million after three weeks of release. In South Korea, it added $1.46 million on 306 screens over the weekend for a total of $4.78 million after two.

Avatar is starting to shed markets as well as screens, falling to fourth with $6.95 million on 2553 screens in 63 markets for a total of $1.95 billion internationally and $2.69 billion worldwide. At this pace, it would have to stick around the top 30 for two or three more months in order to reach $2 billion internationally. That looks very unlikely at this point.

The Blind Side entered the top five for the first time, with $6.62 million on 1883 screens in 27 markets for a total of $22.59 million internationally. In the U.K. it opened in third place with $1.97 million on 371 screens while in Germany it also debuted in third place with $1.70 million on 407 screens. The film has been playing in major markets internationally for a month, but it has yet to show the kind of box office power that it displayed here.


Filed under: International Box Office, Shutter Island, The Blind Side, Alice in Wonderland, How to Train Your Dragon, Avatar