International Box Office: Skyfall Starts Sky High
In what has to be one of the least surprising events of the year, Skyfall opened in first place on the international box office chart. It pulled in $83.05 million on 5,077 screens in 25 markets, this includes first place debuts in all 25 markets. It was surprisingly strong in its native U.K. with $32.41 million on 587 screens, which was the second best three-day opening in that market behind only Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2. The film was also huge in France with $9.70 million on 820 screens and in Russia with $8.27 million on 1,254 screens. In South Korea, the film made $6.02 million on 749 screens and in Brazil it earned $3.18 million on 537 screens. The film was also a multi-million dollar hit in a number of smaller markets. This includes $3.58 million on 116 screens in Denmark, $3.13 million on 179 in Norway, $2.82 million on 222 in Sweden, and 2.49 million on 217 in Poland. On average, the film was 30% stronger than Quantum of Solace's opening weekends in these market, and 76% higher than Casino Royale.
Hotel Transylvania rose to second place with $18.41 million on 5,460 screens in 50 markets for a total of $91.56 million internationally. The film had second place debuts in a couple major markets earning $3.36 million on 622 screens in Spain and $2.58 million on 575 screens in Germany. The film also added $3.30 million on 850 screens over the weekend in Russia for a two-week total of $10.68 million. The film is already profitable and it has yet to open in Italy, France, and other markets.
Paranormal Activity 4 fell from first to third with $14.57 million on 4,420 screens in 45 markets for a still early total of $48.70 million. The film opened in more than a dozen markets, but of the smaller variety like the Netherlands, where it debuted in second place with $516,000 on 47 screens. The franchise is clearly off its peak domestically, but it is doing very well internationally.
The Bourne Legacy returned to the chart in fourth place with $13.2 million on 5,686 screens in 31 markets for a total of $140.23 million internationally and $253.23 million worldwide. The film earned first place in China with $12.7 million on 5,000 screens.
Taken 2 fell to fifth place with $12.39 million on 5,207 screens in 65 markets for totals of $202.03 million internationally and $319.13 million worldwide. The film had no major market openings this past weekend, but it is already profitable, so it doesn't need to worry about future openings.
Astérix And Obélix: God Save Britannia slipped a spot to sixth with $9.76 million on 3,352 screens in 22 markets for a total of $23.93 million. France remains the film's biggest market with $4.19 million on 763 screens over the weekend for a total of $13.11 million after just two weeks.
Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted landed in seventh place with $8.68 million on 2,994 screens in 31 markets for totals of $496.14 million internationally and $712.53 million worldwide. The film added $4.50 million on 541 screens in the U.K. for a total of $16.94 million after two weeks of release. The film is likely going to hit half a billion dollars internationally very early this weekend and there's little doubt that there will be yet another installment in the franchise.
Silent Hill: Revelation opened in eighth place with $6.53 million on 1,458 screens in 5 markets. The film opened in second place in Russia with $5.07 million on 840 screens, which is even more impressive given the competition. On the other hand, it really struggled in Mexico opening in fifth place with just $411,000 on 259 screens.
The Impossible slipped to ninth place with $5.78 million on 634 screens in Spain for a total of $34.18 million after just three weeks of release. To put this into perspective, The Avengers made just over $20 million here.
Date posted: 2012-11-01