International Box Office: Dark Knight Rises Rises in Sophomore Stint
The Dark Knight Rises overall numbers are still limited to studio estimates, but it was clearly the best film of the weekend with $126.2 million on 17,200 screens in 57 markets for a total of $252.0 million internationally and $539.1 million worldwide. Its best new market was France, where it made $10.91 million on 892 screens. It also dominated the box office in Mexico with $9.75 million on 2,765 screens and in Germany with $9.40 million on 718 screens over the weekend for a total opening of $11.40 million. Russia was close behind with $8.33 million on 1,312 screens. The film also earned first place in Brazil, but with $6.70 million on 944, which is a little more subdued, while it missed top spot in Japan with $4.76 million on 546 screens over the weekend for a total opening of $5.82 million. The film remained in first place in the U.K. with $11.42 million on 589 screens over the weekend for a two-week total of $47.96 million. It also remained champion in Australia with $7.77 million on 628 screens over the weekend for a total of $28.00 million after two. On the other hand, it was pushed into second place in South Korea with $5.93 million on 807 screens over the weekend for a total of $27.67 million after two. So far, The Dark Knight Rises has been about on par with Ice Age: Continental Drift, maybe a little behind that film's pace, and it is on track to earn close to $600 million internationally and about $1 billion worldwide. This is a fantastic result, but still below expectations.
Ice Age: Continental Drift was down just 10% to $50.70 million on 15,932 screens in 69 markets for a total of $516.35 million internationally and $631.25 million worldwide. The film's biggest opening of the weekend came from China where it earned $15.7 million on 3,500 screens. On the other hand, it struggled in South Korea placing third with just $2.48 million on 501 screens over the weekend for a total opening of $3.21 million. It is mostly coasting on holdovers at this point, but it has already made more than enough to pay for its combined budget, and the combined budgets of the next installment.
The Thieves debuted in third place internationally and first place in its native South Korea with $12.96 million on 1,073 screens over the weekend for a total opening of $18.23 million.
The Amazing Spider-Man was right behind with $12.36 million on 9.329 screens in 86 markets for totals of $413.03 million internationally and $654.99 million worldwide. It has no major markets left to open in, but it has already made more than enough to earn a profit for the studio and justify a sequel.
Brave added $9.6 million in 24 markets for a total of $92 million internationally and $309 million worldwide. It is the biggest digitally animated hit of the year so far, at least on the domestic front, but it won't do the same internationally.
Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted rose to sixth place with $6.92 million on 2,370 screens in 42 markets for totals of $291.73 million internationally and $501.30 million worldwide. It earned first place in Spain with $2.54 million on 728 screens, which is good, but not great. On the other hand, it has already made enough worldwide to ensure a profit, and it has yet to open in a number of major markets.
Magic Mike reached the top ten for the first time in its run earning seventh place with $5.93 million on 1,304 screens in 16 markets for an early total of $21.20 million. The majority of the film's weekend haul came from Australia where it debuted in second place with $4.00 million on 332 screens over the weekend for a total opening of $4.32 million. Nearly half of its running tally has come from the U.K. where it has $10.51 million after three weeks of release, including $843,000 on 472 screens this past weekend.
Dr. Seuss' The Lorax returned to the top ten in eighth place with $5.7 million on 2,600 screens in 13 markets for a total of $110.3 million internationally. The film was the biggest digitally animated hit of the year, until Brave overtook it this past weekend. However, it hasn't been able to find traction internationally. This past weekend it opened in the U.K., but only managed a distant second place with $2.91 million on 507 screens. That is like a $20 million opening here, if you take into account the relative size of the two markets.
The Four fell to ninth place with $5.69 million in 4 markets for a three-week total of $29.81 million. It was the only Chinese film in the top ten this week, which is lower than it has been the past few weeks.
Step Up Revolution opened in tenth place with $5.66 million on 1,151 screens in 8 markets. Its only major market opening was in Russia, where it landed in third place with $2.75 million on 780 screens. By comparison, its predecessor opened in that market with just over $4 million back in 2010.
Date posted: 2012-08-02