International Box Office: Mission Goes Global

New releases dominated the international chart starting with Mission: Impossible: Ghost Protocol, which debuted in first place with $69.49 million on 6,693 screens in 42 markets. It debuted in first place in Japan with $7.35 million on 636 screens over the weekend for a total opening of $9.32 million. It also placed first in neighboring South Korea with $7.18 million on 948 screens over the weekend and $8.67 million in total. Other first place openings included Australia with $4.23 million on 414 and Spain with $2.64 million on 528. It had to settle for second place in Russia, but still managed $6.08 million on 1099 screens and in France with $5.03 million on 616. The final major market release of the week was Germany, where it earned second place with $3.48 million on 577 screens over the weekend for a total of $4.00 million. The film has yet to open in Brazil, the U.K., Italy and Scandinavia, among other markets, and should finish in a similar range to the other films in the franchise.

Puss In Boots's stay in first place was short-lived and it returned to second place with $29.83 million on 7,147 screens in 40 markets for a total of $188.18 million internationally and $330.96 million worldwide. Its best new opening came from Italy, where it managed second place with $2.96 million on 566 screens. Meanwhile, its best overall market was Germany, where it added $4.72 million from 692 screens over the weekend, lifting its total to $12.64 million after two weeks of release. The film has yet to open in Japan, as well as several smaller markets, but it is a financial success, even if it hasn't lived up to expectations.

The Flowers Of War debuted in first place in China and third place overall with $23.95 million.

A fellow Chinese film, The Flying Swords Of Dragon's Gate, came in fourth place with $22.36 million on 518 screens in 3 markets.

Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows opened in fifth place with $14.6 million on 1,610 screens in 6 markets. Most of this came from two markets, the U.K., where it made $5.93 million on 540 screens, and Italy, where it made $4.52 million on 551. The film opens in Germany tomorrow, while it has major openings through to March.

Alvin & The Chipmunks: Chipwrecked was right behind with $13.70 million on 3,828 screens in 37 markets. It managed first place in Mexico, with $1.49 million on 1,016 screens over the weekend for a total opening of $1.65 million. On the other hand, it had to settle for second place in the U.K. with $3.66 million on 488 screens and in Spain with $1.29 million on 364.

After jumping from seventh to third, Arthur Christmas made the return trip with $9.51 million on 6,816 screens in 62 markets for a total of $72.71 million. The film had no major market openings this week, but it reaches Italy on Friday, while the holiday might help it reach $100 million internationally.


- C.S.Strowbridge


Date posted: 2011-12-21