Foreign Box Office: 'Breaking Dawn - Part 2' Sags But Still No. 1; $65 Million Shy of Overseas Franchise Record
Although dropping 48% from its opening round gross, Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2 still monopolized the foreign theatrical circuit for the second consecutive weekend, drawing $104.2 million – nearly $7 million more than Sunday’s projection -- from some 12,800 locations in 73 overseas territories.
The fifth and final title based on Stephenie Meyer’s series of novels about a young woman (Kristen Stewart) in love with a vampire (Robert Pattinson) has blasted its way to a total international tally of $365.5 million, about $65 million less that the franchise’s all-time offshore box office champ, last year’s The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1 ($430.9 million).
Breaking Dawn Part 2held the top spot in most major markets, although it dropped to No. 2 in Australia (thanks to the debut of Skyfall) and in Russia (bumped by the opening of Rise of the Guardians) and No. 3 in South Korea (finishing third after a pair of local-language titles).
A Germany opening generated $16.9 million at 765 sites – a market record for a Twilight title – while an Austria debut contributed $2.6 million and a premier in German-speaking Switzerland came up with $1.7 million.
Lionsgate International, which is handling foreign distribution of the Summit Ent. co-production, said Breaking Dawn Part 2’s mighty action helped lift the distributor’s 2012 total foreign box office past the $1-billion mark.
Finishing No. 2 was Sony/MGM’s Skyfall, the 23rd installment of the James Bond franchise, which collected $45.1 million from 8,845 spots in 86 markets handled by Sony and licensees of co-distributor MGM.
The third outing starring Daniel Craig as 007 collected a total foreign gross of $571.2 million of which Sony has accounted for $494.3 million. Total gross in the U.K. is $143.6 million.
In its Australia opening, Skyfall generated $12.8 million at 577 sites for a per-screen average of $22,180, said Sony. In New Zealand it drew a 65% share of the market’s total weekend gross with $1.5 million at 131 spots for a per-location average of nearly $11,500.
Lighting up the foreign circuit was Twentieth Century Fox’s release of Life of Pi, the film version of Yann Martel’s novel about a young castaway and a Bengal tiger. Directed by Taiwanese-born Ang Lee, the Fox 2000 co-production opened No. 1 in China ($16.1 million at 4,500 spots), Taiwan ($2.3 million at 165 locations), Hong Kong ($1.45 million at 109 situations) and India ($3.6 million at 647 sites).
Overall on the weekend,Life of Pi grossed in its opening offshore launch $23.9 million – about $6.5 million more than was reported Sunday -- at 5,483 locations in the four markets. IMAX said the film tallied $3 million on 97 IMAX screens in China, Hong Kong and Taiwan, for a per-screen average of more than $30,000.
In its second round on the foreign circuit, DreamWorks Animation’s Rise of the Guardians opened in eight markets, grossing $10.5 million from 3,173 cinemas in nine markets overall, and lifting its very early offshore cume to $14 million.
The Paramount release, a $145 million fantasy title featuring the voices of Alec Baldwin and Hugh Jackman, premiered No. 1 in Russia with $5.85 million elicited from some 800 locations. Guardians takes off in some 50 markets this week including Germany, Italy, France, Spain, Brazil, Mexico and South Korea.
Sony reissued 2012, the 2009 apocalyptic adventure directed by Roland Emmerich, in China at 5,516 locations. Opening weekend drew $7.5 million for a full week total of $14.2 million.
Thanks to a solid holdover in France ($1.3 million at 360, No. 5 in the market),Argo, actor-director Ben Affleck’s international thriller, grossed $6 million on the weekend overall at 2,520 screens in 47 territories. Offshore cume stands at $50 million.
Sony Animation’s Hotel Transylvania, a comedy voiced by Adam Sandler and Kevin James about a boy who discovers Dracula is real, grossed $5.4 million at 3,762 sites in 58 markets. The title’s foreign gross total stands at $147.8 million.
Wreck-It Ralph, Disney’s 3D family animation title, playing in 19 territories, dipped to $2.1 million overseas its fourth round, and lifting its foreign gross total to $41.2 million. Worldwide take stands at $190.8 million.
Elevating its very early overseas cume to $3.4 million was Flight starring Denzel Washington, which has yet to really take off overseas. Fourth foreign round in five markets drew $723,000. “Major focus of the international release will hit theaters at the beginning of next year, to coincide with awards season,” said distributor Paramount.
Opening No. 4 in the U.K. was The Weinstein Co’s Silver Linings Playbook, director David O. Russell’s comedy/drama costarring Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence. First round at 393 sites lured $2 million. The film also opened No. 7 in Russia.
Biggest grossing local language newcomer in France was Therese Desqueyroux, an adaptation of Francois Mauriac’s 1927 novel about thwarted passion and attempted murder.
The UGC Distribution release, which played at the 2012 Cannes International Film Festival, stars Audrey Tautou, and was directed and scripted by the late Claude Miller. Opening round at some 350 screens drew $1.45 million, sufficient for a No.4 market ranking.
Other international cumes:Universal’s The Man With The Iron Fists, $835,505 in four markets; Paramount’s Paranormal Activity 4, $84.7 million; Universal’s Pitch Perfect, $4.6 million; Fox’s Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, $79 million; Fox’s The Watch, $33 million; Warner’s Lo Impossible, $49.8 million in Spain only; Sony’s Here Comes The Boom, $10.1 million; and Universal’s The Bourne Legacy, $162.6 million.
Also, DreamWorks Animation/Paramount’s Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted, $524.2 million; Universal’s Ted, $282.8 million; Fox/EuropaCorp’s Taken 2, $225.9 million; Universal’s ParaNorman, $43.2 million; FilmNation’s Looper, $98.3 million; Universal’s Un Plan Parfait, $9 million over four rounds in France only; Focus Features’ To Rome With Love, $56.5 million; and Universal’s Anna Karenina, $11.2 million.