Foreign Box Office: 'The Avengers' Dominates Overseas, Grossing More Than $440 Million In 12 Days
A muscular opening in Russia plus extraordinarily strong holdovers in key overseas markets propelled Marvel’s The Avengers to a commanding No. 1 weekend perch on the foreign theatrical circuit with $156.1 million -- $4.6 million more than was reported Sunday -- grossed in 52 territories.
Weekend action hoisted the film’s 12-day offshore box office total to $447.4 million.
Also, the weekend’s foreign tally was a mere 16% down from the opening weekend figure last round, an indication of the film’s incredible staying power at the box office.
Costarring Robert Downey Jr. Iron Man), Chris Evans (Captain America), Mark Ruffalo, (The Hulk), Tom Huddleston (villain Loki) and Scarlett Johansson (Black Widow), the action-packed mélange of comic book heroes – the first Marvel release marketed and distributed by Disney – opened May 3 in Russia and grossed $17. 9 million, a market record for a Marvel title.
So far, The Avengers’ biggest market is the U.K. where it has collected a total of $48.2 million. Other key markets: Mexico ($39.8 million), Australia ($32 million), Korea ($30.8 million), Brazil ($32 million), France ($26.9 million), Italy ($19.1 million), Germany ($19.1 million), China ($18 million), Spain ($14.5 million), Taiwan ($14.4 million) and the Philippines ($11.5 million).
Directed by Joss Whedon,The Avengers is far and away 2012’s biggest hit on the foreign circuit so far, eclipsing Titanic 3D, which grossed $98.9 million a fortnight ago. Furthermore, it has already out-grossed its Marvel Productions predecessors including 2010’s Iron Man 2 (which registered $311.5 million in total overseas gross), 2011’s Thor ($268.3 million) and 2008’s Iron Man ($266.7 million).
Imax said grossed $6.1 million from 174 digital only locations overseas, including a $1.1 million opening day Saturday in China.
New to the foreign circuit was Universal’s The Five Year Engagement, the romantic comedy from Apatow Productions costarring Jason Segel and Emily Blunt. Opening weekend at 309 screens in three markets drew $2.2 million with $2 million of that coming from 232 sites in Australia.
Coming in a distant No. 2 on the weekend was Universal’s American Pie: Reunion, which is displaying real strength at the foreign box office. The latest sequel in the raunchy comedy franchise drew $33.7 million from 4,603 screens in 48 territories, pushing its overseas gross total well past the $100-million mark ($117.1 million).
Weekend openings in eight markets included a mighty $10.3 million No. 2 bow in the U.K. at 485 sites and another No. 2 France debut ( $4.9 million at 483 locations). American Pie: Reunion also took the No. 1 spot – despite the presence of The Avengers – in Italy ($3.1 million from 383 spots) and in Belgium ($1.3 million at just 62 locations).
Universal’s $209 million special-effects-action title, Battleship, crossed the $200 million overseas gross mark ($200.4 million) after an $11 million weekend at 7,299 situations in 53 territories. It ranked No. 3 on the weekend. Still to come is a May 18 opening in the U.S.and Canada.
Fourth on the weekend was Japanese title Thermae Romae, a Toho release which captured the No. 1 market spot in Japan in its second round with $6.8 million drawn from 304 sites. Market cume stands at $27.8 million.
The weekend’s No. 5 was Jannat 2, Fox STAR Studios’ coproduction of an India-made crime drama from director Kunal Deshmukh. Opening round at 2,020 screens in seven markets drew $6.4 million of which $6.1 million came from 1,970 screens in India.
Warner Bros.’ The Lucky One, a romantic melodrama starring Zac Effron, played at some 1,900 screens in 27 markets, generating $5.4 million and lifting the film’s overseas gross total to $17.9 million. A No. 3 U.K. debut at 368 screens generated $1.9 million including previews.
20th Century Fox’s Titanic 3D rerelease has drawn $277.4 million in offshore box office thanks to a $5.25 million weekend at 3,150 venues in 59 territories. China action at 1,100 sites accounted for $3.2 million of the weekend take.
Relativity Media’s coproduction Mirror Mirror starring Julia Roberts lifted its overseas gross total to $93.8 million in some 60 territories with the weekend providing $4.4 million. Lionsgate’s The Hunger Games continues to accumulate foreign box office. Weekend take was $4.3 million, elevating the film’s overseas gross total to $237 million.
Pathe’s domestic comedy Le Prenom finished No. 3 in France, bagging $3.6 million on the weekend at 499 situations, lifting its market cume to $13 million. Sony Animation’s The Pirates! Band of Misfits raised its overseas cume to $70.5 million after a $2.9 million weekend at 3,718 sites in 57 markets.
Universal’s family animation title Dr. Suess’ The Lorax is just $7.6 million shy of the $100-million overseas gross mark after registering $2.7 million – of which $1.3 million came from a Korea opening at 249 venues – on the weekend at 2,606 situations in 45 territories. 21 Jump Street, Sony’s big screen version of the vintage tv series, opened in several Latin American markets, and drew $2 million on the weekend at 1,112 screens in 35 markets overall. Cume stands at $44.9 million.
Other international cumes: Medusa Films’ To Rome With Love, $9.5 million in Italy only; Fox’s The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, $72.8 million (after a $1.5 million weekend at 1,046 screens in 18 territories); Paramount’s The Devil Inside, $48.2 million; Universal’s Marley, $1.1 million in U.K. only; Lionsgate’s Cabin in the Woods, $14.4 million; Universal’s Safe House, $76 million; The Weinstein Co.’s The Artist, $72.8 million (worldwide, $117 million); Fox’s Chronicle, $60.4 million; and Hugo, $78.2 million in Paramount territories only.
Also, Disney’s John Carter, $208.2 million; Pathe’s Houba! Sur la piste du Marsupilami, $41.9 million in France only; Fox’s This Means War, $97.4 million; Universal’s Safe House, $76 million; The Weinstein Co.’s My Week With Marilyn, $18 million; DreamWorks Animation/Paramount’s Puss In Boots, $405.1 million; Warner’s Wrath of the Titans, $217.1 million; Fox’s We Bought A Zoo, $38.3 million; and Universal’s Safe, $5.1 million over 14 days in Russia only.