International Box Office: Twilight is Breaking the Bank

The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn, Part 2 opened internationally and dominated the chart with $199.45 million on 13,400 screens in 61 markets during its first weekend of release. It opened in a number of major markets, scoring first place in all of them. In the U.K., the film made $25.20 million on 558 screens, while it also topped $20 million in Russia with $21.97 million on 1,366. In France, the film pulled in $16.56 million on 823 screens, while in Brazil it earned $12.24 million on 1,213 screens over the weekend for a total opening of $17.87 million. In Spain it made $11.76 million on 1,052 screens over the weekend and $12.11 million including previews. It earned $10.58 million on 856 screens over the weekend in Italy for a total opening on $13.34 million. Mexico was close behind with $9.94 million on 2,642 screens over the weekend and $12.29 million in total. It didn't hit the $10 million market in South Korea; in fact, it barely earned first place there with $5.91 million on 665 screens over the weekend for a total opening of $7.17 million. A local hit, A Werewolf Boy was right behind, but more on that below.

Skyfall was pushed into second place, but the studio has a lot to celebrate, as the film crossed the $500 million mark on the international chart. Over the weekend it added $49.76 million on 9,225 screens in 83 markets to its running tally, which now sits at $507.77 million. Its worldwide total rose to $668.71 million which is the best in the franchise. The film overtook Titanic for second place on the All Time U.K. box office with $131.70 million after four weeks of release, including $8.85 million on 545 screens this past weekend. It could have enough left in its tank to overtake Avatar at $149 million in the U.K., but it could be close.

There were a pair of Indian films in the top five. Jab Tak Hai Jaan earned third place with $23.11 million. This is huge for an Indian film. Likewise, the film earned fourth place in the U.K. with $1.42 million on 85 screens, which is amazing for a Bollywood release.

Son Of Sardaar didn't do as well, but it was still a monster hit for an Indian film with $15.17 million. In the U.K., it earned eighth place with $341,000 on 71 screens.

Evangelion: 3.0 You Can (Not) Redo was the third international film to reach the top five. It pulled in $13.97 million on 223 screens in its native Japan, which is not surprising, given the popularity of the franchise in that market.

Meanwhile, Cold War was the fourth international film to earn more than $10 million on the chart this week. It landed in sixth place with $11.25 million in 6 markets for a total of $35.28 million after two. It remained in top spot in Hong Kong with $1.13 million on 42 screens over the weekend for a total of $3.38 million after two. Unfortunately, the Chinese numbers have not be released.

Argo fell to seventh place with $8.6 million on 3,218 screens in 38 markets for a total of $40.3 million after a month of release. It had no major market openings this past weekend, but it did earn fifth place in the U.K. with $1.28 million on 335 screens over the weekend for a total of $4.50 million after two.

Hotel Transylvania was right behind with $8.31 million on 4,428 screens in 57 markets for totals of $140.87 million internationally and $283.61 million worldwide. It should get to $300 million worldwide, which is more than enough to earn a profit before the home market.

Cloud Atlas remained in ninth place with $6.26 million on 2,127 screens in 9 markets for a total of $19.32 million. The film managed second place in Germany with $2.92 million on 554 screens over the weekend for a total opening of $3.15 million. It held on better than most films do in Russia down 49% to 2.53 million on 1,288 screens over the weekend for a total of $12.88 million after two. If it did this well everywhere, it would make more than $200 million internationally. That's not going to happen.

Wreck-It-Ralph fell to tenth place with $6.0 million on 4,277 screens in 19 markets for a still early total of $37.1 million.

A Werewolf Boy was pushed out of the top ten internationally, but earned a very close second place in South Korea with $5.88 million on 678 screens over the weekend for a total of $32.84 million after three.

Tinker Bell: Secret of the Wings earned twelfth place with $3.1 million on 2,231 screens in 22 markets for a total of $40.1 million internationally. This is a very strong run for a film that was made direct-to-DVD here.


- C.S.Strowbridge


Date posted: 2012-11-21