Foreign Box Office: 'Dark Knight Rises' Repeats as No. 1 Overseas in Lethargic Session
Blazingly hot temperatures in the U.K. and on the Continent plus summer Olympics distractions crimped overseas box office overall on the weekend as The Dark Knight Rises claimed the No. 1 spot with a take of $35.1 million -- down 47% from its prior round -- drawn from 58 offshore markets.
Distributor Warner Bros. said director Christopher Nolan’s final Batman title is tracking 46% ahead of the comparable take of its franchise predecessor 2008’s The Dark Knight “at today’s exchange rates.”
Rises has grossed $446.6 million foreign to date, only $22.4 million less than the overseas total amassed by Knight. With a China opening set for Aug. 27, and an Italy bow beginning two days later, this total offshore gross gap should be quickly erased.
Top Rises weekend markets were the U.K. ($3.4 in fourth round, market cume, $72.3 million), France ($2.7 million in third frame, cume $24.7 million) and Brazil ($2.76 million, cume $20.1 million).
Introducing itself in 13 foreign territories day-and-date with its No. 1 U.S. debut was The Bourne Legacy, the fourth episode of the espionage franchise inspired by Robert Ludlum’s novels.
Co-starring Jeremy Renner, Rachel Weisz and Edward Norton, Legacy drew $7.66 million from 808 locations -- averaging nearly $9,500 per site -- in Eastern Europe, India, the Caribbean and in Asia (Hong Kong, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Taiwan and Vietnam).
Bournefranchise opening records were set in six territories. Top debut market was the Philippines ($2.7 million at 131 situations, a record market opening for a Universal title).
The three previous Bourne titles fronting Matt Damon grossed a total of $419.6 million on the foreign circuit with the 2007’s The Bourne Ultimatum leading with an overseas tally of $215 million. 2004’s The Bourne Supremacy collected $112.3 million offshore while 2002’s The Bourne Identity registered $92.3 million.
Universal’s staggered offshore release plan calls for Legacy to debut in some 50 territories over the next few months. Openings are scheduled this week in five markets including the U.K., Australia and Spain.
Also new to the foreign circuit was The Campaign, director Jay Roach’s political comedy starring Will Ferrell and Zach Galifianakis, which also opened via Warner Bros. in the U.S. and a Canada in the No. 2 spot. An Australia opening collected a solid $2.1 million from 299 screens.
Seizing the No. 2 weekend spot overall was Universal’s Ted, which captured $20.3 million at 2,975 situations in 26 territories.
Director Seth MacFarlane’s comedy-fantasy starring Mark Wahlberg has grossed more than $100 million overseas ($113.9 million) so far with playdates in 33 markets still ahead. A No. 2 Spain opening generated $2.3 million at 314 locations. Ted maintained its No. 1 ranking in the U.K. with a second-round take of $5 million at 513 venues for a market cume of $27 million.
Given its lackluster reception in the U.S. and Canada, foreign box office action for Sony’s Total Recall is being closely watched.
The remake starring Colin Farrell of the 1990 Carolco Pictures original starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, made its foreign debut last round, extracting just $6.16 million from a dozen territories in the Caribbean and Asia.
This time, Total Recall expanded its run to 4,799 locations in 42 markets, drawing $18.9 million on the weekend, and lifting its overseas gross total to $28.3 million over two stanzas. The remake ranks No. 3 on the weekend.
Its No. 1 premier in Russia generated $6.1 million from 1,100 sites. A Japan launch contributed $2.7 million at 411 sites. A Mexico opening came up with $2 million at 1,109 spots. No. 1 holdovers were recorded forRecall in Indonesia and Malaysia.
The weekend’s fourth-ranked feature was Pixar’s Brave distributed by Disney, which remained No. 1 in France, drawing $2.9 million in its second round at 690 locations for a market cume of $11.4 million.
After two months on the foreign circuit, the animation title has grossed a total of $147.1 million overseas after garnering $17.2 million in its latest stanza in 40 territories, which Disney said represents 66% of its intended international market. Worldwide total stands at $374.4 million.
Dropping from second place last round to the weekend’s No. 5 was 20th Century Fox’s Ice Age: Continental Drift, which collected $16.2 million from 9,876 venues in 62 markets, pushing its overseas gross total to $624.3 million.
Fox declares that Drift now ranks as the foreign circuit’s third biggest grossing animation title ever after its 2009 franchise predecessor, Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs ($694million), and 2010’s Toy Story 3 ($649 million) from Pixar/Disney.
Despite the blazing hot weather in the U.K. and on the Continent, suppressing the take for Lionsgate’s Step Up Revolution in various markets, the latest title in the dance-drama series costarring Kathryn McCormick and Ryan Guzman grossed a respectable $9.9 million from about 2,500 sites in 27 markets of which $5.2 million came from territories handled by Universal.
Those included the U.K. where Step Up opened No. 3 with $1.1 million drawn from 392 locations. In France, where temps were up there (pushing overall box office down 34%), Step Up opened No. 3 with $2.5 million elicited from 326 playdates. Its total foreign gross stands at $32.6 million ($62.8 million worldwide).
After 10 frames playing overseas, DreamWorks Animation’s Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted has accumulated $335.4 million via Paramount. Weekend provided $9 million at 2,774 sites in 39 territories, with a second Japan round increasing $2.2 million at 541 situations for a market cume of $11 million.
Fox’s Prometheus, director Ridley Scott sci-fi/action title, opened solidly in Germany and Austria and grossed $7.3 million on the weekend overall from 1,700 screens in five territories. Its No. 2 Germany take was $4.7 million drawn from 651 spots. Overseas cume now stands at $195.1 million.
Fox’s Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter opened in seven markets including a No. 4 opening in France ($1.68 million at 475 sites), grossing $3.47 million on the weekend overall at 1,608 spots in a total of 20 territories. Overseas cume stands at $41.6million.
Sony’s The Amazing Spider-Man has grossed $435.2 million since opening June 12 on the foreign circuit. Weekend tally was $3 million drawn from 86 markets.
Other international cumes: Fox’s Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days, $6.3 million over two rounds; Paramount’s The Dictator, $109.4 million; Universal’s Paranorman, $4.9 million in Mexico only; Pathe’s Un Bonheur N’Arrive Jamais Seul, $12.8 million after seven rounds in France only; Universal’s Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax, $121.4 million; Universal’s Snow White and the Huntsman, $236.7 million; Paramount’s Katy Perry: Part of Me, $6.4 million; Fox’s Stefan Vs. Kramer, $5 million in Chile only; and Universal’s American Pie: Reunion, $178 million.
Also, Universal’s The Five-Year Engagement, $22.3 million; Focus Features’ Moonrise Kingdom, $15 million; Sony’s That’s My Boy, $11.9 million; Universal’s Savages, $3.3 million in four markets; Focus Features’ To Rome With Love, $28.4 million; Sony’s Men In Black III, $445.3 million; and Focus Features’ Jane Eyre, $23 million.