International Box Office: Twilight Tops $700 Million, Nears Franchise Record
We are still stuck with studio estimates for the international numbers, but we can confidently say The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn, Part 2 is in top spot. The film pulled in $48.8 million on 11,800 screens in 73 markets for totals of $447.8 million internationally and $702.40 million worldwide. It has likely already become the biggest hit in the franchise. The film had no major market openings, but it has yet to debut in Japan, but it will likely get past $800 million before then, which will be its last major milestone.
Rise Of The Guardians rose to second place with $40.0 million on 8,708 screens in 55 markets for a relatively early total of $57.0 million. It is performing better internationally than it has domestically, but it won't be a monster hit at this pace. The film opened in first place in France ($4.26 million on 608 screens) and in Italy ($2.93 million on 601). On the other hand, it had to settle for third place in the U.K. ($3.16 million on 488) and in Spain ($1.48 million on 616). It was even weaker in Germany earning fourth place over the weekend with $1.39 million on 563 screens for a total opening of $1.64 million. On the other hand, it did hold on much better than most in Russia down 43% to $3.56 million on 1,200 screens over the weekend for a total of $10.83 million after two.
Skyfall slipped to third place, but was still strong with $34.0 million on 7,600 screens in 84 markets for a total of $623.0 million internationally and $868.59 million worldwide. It is currently in 30th place on the all time worldwide chart. The film opened in first place in Japan with $5.54 million on 578 screens. During its sixth week of release in the U.K., it added $3.65 million on 532 screens for a running tally of $150.49 million making it the biggest all-time hit in that market. With China still ahead, it could reach $1 billion at the box office. I don't think anyone saw that coming.
Life of Pi was relatively flat with $21.53 million on 5,678 screens in 11 markets over the weekend for a total of $61.12 million after two. Its big market opening of the week came from Spain where it earned first place with $2.37 million on 715 screens.
26 Years debuted with $4.58 million on 609 screens over the weekend, for a total opening of $5.45 million. Its weekend haul was enough for first place in South Korea and fifth place internationally.
Evangelion: 3.0 You Can (Not) Redo was pushed into second place in Japan with $4.44 million on 223 screens screens over the weekend for a total of $44.86 million after three weeks of release.
Argo returned to seventh place with $4.1 million on 2,100 screens in 49 markets for a total of $56.0 million. Its appeal is more limited internationally than it was domestically, but since it will be very close to making a profit just on the domestic numbers, the studio shouldn't be too upset that it likely won't match that total internationally.
Hotel Transylvania was right behind with $3.5 million on 3,065 screens in 57 markets for a total of $152.8 million internationally and $296.49 million worldwide. It is still on pace to top $300 million worldwide, but it will likely drop out of the top 10 before then.
Populaire debuted in third place in France and ninth place internationally with $2.63 million on 450 screens over the weekend.
Inazuma Eleven GO VS Danball Senki W opened in third place in Japan and tenth place internationally with $2.12 million on 270 screens.
Date posted: 2012-12-06