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International Top Five - 2012 Destroys Worldwide Competition

November 18th, 2009

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2012 crushed the competition with $166.19 million on 12,943 screens in 76 markets and $231.43 million worldwide over its debut weekend. This is the fifth best international opening of all time, and is massively better than expected. The film's biggest market was Russia where it pulled in $16.31 million on 840 screens, while it topped $10 million in Germany ($12.53 million on 756 screens) and the U.K. ($10.83 million on 480 screens). Other major markets included Spain ($8.56 million on 606 screens), South Korea ($8.26 million on 855 screens over the weekend and $10.04 million in total), Italy ($7.64 million on 532), Australia ($5.67 million on 405), Brazil ($5.29 million on 550) and Mexico ($5.03 million on 780).

Disney's A Christmas Carol remained in second place with $17.40 million on 3,962 screens in 21 markets for a total of $34.75 million. The film opened in first place in Japan with $3.19 million on 515 screens while it had to settle for second place in Spain with $2.56 million on 427. In neither market was it particularly strong, but it was solid nonetheless. The film surged 32% in the U.K. to $4.19 million on 446 screens for a total of $9.13 million after two weeks of release. It was down 30% in Germany, adding $1.76 million on 510 screens for a total of $4.97 million, while in Mexico it was down just 27% to earn $1.52 million on 666 screens for a total of $4.27 million.

Michael Jackson's This Is It fell from first to third, and was down more than 60% to $11.16 million on 5,473 screens in 71 markets for a total of $155.19 million internationally and $222.38 million worldwide. In Japan, the film pulled in $3.02 million on 323 screens over the weekend for a total of $32.33 million after three, which is heads above most other markets relative to their respective sizes.

Up added $5.77 million on 2,657 screens in 24 markets for a total of $375.10 million internationally and $668.08 million worldwide. In the U.K., it added $1.64 million on 486 screens over the weekend for a total of $54.65 million after six. In Italy, it has made $22.24 million after a month of release, including $1.26 million on 287 screens this past weekend. When it opens in Japan at the beginning of December, it will likely reach $400 million internationally and $700 million worldwide.

Couples Retreat entered the top five for the first time despite dropping more than 30% with $3.62 million on 1,152 screens in 21 markets for a total of $34.21 million internationally. Germany was the film's biggest draw, adding $1.72 million on 340 screens for a total of $4.75 million after two.

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Filed under: International Box Office, Up, Couples Retreat, Michael Jackson's This Is It, Disney's A Christmas Carol, 2012