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International Box Office: Rio's Reaching for the Top

April 20th, 2011

Rio has become the biggest hit on the international box office so far this year after just two weeks of release. This past weekend it made $56.34 million on 13,754 screens in 63 markets to lift its total to $131.78 million. This is just a couple of million above The Green Hornet, although it is extending that lead very rapidly. The film was aided by a pair of first place openings in major markets, scoring $4.92 million on 667 screens in France and $2.38 million on 626 screens in Italy. It really shone in a number of holdover markets as well, including Brazil, where it was down a mere 14% to $7.22 million on 1,025 screens over the weekend for a total of $18.75 million after two. At this pace, it will top the final box office of Toy Story 3, Harry Potter and Tangled by next weekend. It added $5.70 million on 1,297 screens in Russia to lift its running tally to $18.94 million. It did drop by 39% from its opening weekend, which was higher than in most major markets, but still very strong for Russia. It grew by 33% in Australia to $3.22 million on 467 screens over the weekend for a total of $7.97 million after two. It was up 12% in the U.K. to $2.76 million on 531 screens over the weekend for a total of $8.97 million. Rio doesn't have a lot of markets left to expand into, but even so, at this pace it should hit $200 million internationally and $300 million worldwide with relative ease.

Like it did domestically, Scream 4 opened in a distant second place with a rather similar result. It earned $17.86 million on 3,629 screens in 31 markets for a total opening of $18.09 million. It did managed a first place opening in the U.K. with $3.35 million on 408 screens, while it was also strong in France with $3.61 million on 440 screens, but had to settle for second place in that market. It also placed second in Russia with $2.42 million on 959 screens, and in Brazil with $1.58 million on 292. On the other hand, it only managed fourth place in Australia with $1.90 million on 187 screens; granted, it wasn't a very wide release, so you have to take that into account. The film also opened in Brazil with just a hair over $1.00 million on 230 screens, but failed to crack $1 million in either Italy ($766,000 on 220) or in Mexico ($705,000 356).

Hop climbed into third place with $9.09 million on 3,767 screens in 44 markets for a total of $28.17 million. It was respectable in Mexico earning second place with $1.77 million on 961 screens, but it failed to make an impact in Spain with $735,000 on 345. There was some good news as it grew by 43% in Australia, adding $2.30 million on 256 screens to lift its total to $5.50 million.

Sucker Punch earned $7.71 million on 5,740 screens in 51 markets for a total of $43.12 million. It debuted in second place in in China with $3.1 million on 2,570 screens. On the other hand, it crashed and burned in Japan with just 752,000 on 266 screens over the weekend for a total opening of $969,000. The film has made more worldwide that it cost to make, but it is still miles away from breaking even.

Limitless slipped to fifth place despite its weekend haul growing by 15% to $7.26 million on 2,094 screens in 33 markets, while its running tally has reached $41.78 million. The film debuted in third place in Italy with $1.35 million on 249 screens, while it was even weaker in Germany landing in fourth place with $1.00 million on 331.

Teen Maar debuted in sixth place with $6.96 million on 1,132 screens in 11 markets. This is better than most Indian films manage.

Detective Conan is a major franchise in Japan and the latest installment, Quarter Of Silence debuted over the weekend with $6.55 million on 332 screens. This was enough for first place in its home market and seventh place internationally.

Paul returned to the chart in eighth place with $5.97 million on 1,093 screens in 19 markets for a total of $40.01 million, which is the tiniest margin above its production budget. It opened in second place in Australia with $2.31 million on 203 screens over the weekend for a total opening of $2.41 million. It also placed second in its debut in Germany with $1.87 million on 420 screens over the weekend and $2.05 million in total. With several more significant markets ahead, it should have little trouble getting to $100 million worldwide, so unless the film's P&A budget was unreasonably high, it should earn a profit during its initial push onto the home market.

Looking further down the list we find 3D Sex And Zen: Extreme Ecstasy in 24th place with $2.00 million on 116 screens in 2 markets. Why do I bring up this film? Because was reported that in Hong Kong it beat Avatar's opening day record.


Filed under: International Box Office, Sucker Punch, Rio, Limitless, Paul, Scream 4, Hop