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International Box Office: Potter Maintains Century Run

December 1st, 2010

For the second weekend in a row, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part I was able to top $100 million on the international box office chart, adding $115.62 million on 16,093 screens in 61 markets for a total of $386.10 million internationally and $605.16 million worldwide. It became only the 56th film to reach $600 million worldwide, and some analysts are now predicting $1 billion is more likely than not.

The only major opening of the weekend came in France where it debuted with $18.51 million on 971 screens, which was the biggest opening of the year, close to 20% more than Alice in Wonderland managed. It was down 54% in the U.K., but it still added $13.01 million on 581 screens, giving it a total of $51.87 million after just two weeks of release. By comparison, Alice in Wonderland made about $65 million in that market, in total. On the other hand, Toy Story 3 has made $115 million in that market, and it is still in the top 20. In Germany, the film added $9.77 million on 909 screens during its second weekend for a total of $35.39 million, which is more than either of the previous $1 billion films of the year made there. In Japan it was down just 34%, to $7.30 million on 872 screens, for a total of $34.44 million; however, both Alice and Toys made more than $100 million in that market, so it has a while to go before it catches either of them.

Like it did domestically, Tangled opened in second place internationally; however, it wasn't as close earning $17.70 million on 2366 screens in 10 markets. About half of that figure, $8.87 million, was earned on 710 screens in Russia, which was enough to top the chart there. On the other hand, it only managed second place in Mexico with $2.86 million on 480 screens. It's too soon to tell where it will end up, but this is a promising start.

Unstoppable saw growth, rising to third place with $9.28 million on 4482 screens in 50 markets for a total of $43.39 million. It opened in second place in the U.K. with $2.67 million on 419 screens, while it managed third place in Russia with $1.52 million on 598. In both markets it was significantly weaker than it was here.

Due Date took another step toward $100 million internationally adding $8.02 million on 3163 screens in 42 markets for a total of $72.35 million after four weeks of release. It earned second place in Australia with $2.61 million on 294 screens, which is acceptable for this type of release, but not earthshaking by any stretch of the imagination.

Saw VII 3D rounded out the top five with just over $6.31 million on 1812 screens in 39 markets for a total of $68.59 million after a month of release. In comparison, Saw VI made less than that worldwide, while by this time next week it will be the second highest international grosser in the franchise. In Germany the film opened in second place with $2.52 million on 319 screens over the weekend for a total opening of $2.92 million.

Meanwhile, Skyline was in a virtual tie for fifth place with just under $6.31 million on 2608 screens in 18 markets for a total of $28.74 million. This is already more than it will make here. It was relatively strong in Spain with $1.41 million on 345, which was enough for second place. On the other hand, it only managed fourth place in Mexico with $438,000 on 230.


Filed under: International Box Office, Tangled, Due Date, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part I, Unstoppable, Saw 3D, Skyline