Foreign Box Office: 'John Carter' Repeats as No. 1 for Second Consecutive Weekend But Slips in Key Overseas Markets
"21 Jump Street" sparks offshore action while "Dr. Seuss' The Lorax" jumps to No. 2; "Journey 2" hits $300 million worldwide while "Mission: Impossible" grosses more than $100 million in China.
Drawing a gentler box office reception on the foreign theatrical circuit, Disney’s John Carter took the No. 1 spot overseas for the second consecutive weekend, grossing $40.7 million from 54 offshore markets and lifting its international gross total to $126.1 million.
Weekend action for the $250-million-plus live action animation fantasy-adventure directed by Andrew Stanton was down more than 40% from its foreign debut last round. It slipped from first place to No. 4 in the U.K., where it took in $1.5 million from 452 spots for a market cume of $6.1 million.
In Australia, where Carter also opened No. 1 last round, the film placed second this time, dropping about 51% to $1.7 million from 410 sites on the weekend. Carter also dropped from No. 2 to No. 3 in South Korea and Germany, from second to fourth in France, and from third to fifth place in Italy. (The Germany tally was $1.85 million at 517 locations for a market cume of $6 million.)
Overall, Carter’s overseas reception remains considerably kinder so far than the comparable $13.5 weekend tally and $53.2 million cume-to-date meted out in the U.S. and Canada.
Providing a welcome charge to the offshore circuit was the introduction of Sony’s 21 Jump Street, starring Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum.
The comedy opened gangbusters in Australia, taking the No. 1 spot with $4.4 million collected from 243 sites. Weekend take overall totaled $7.1 million from 701 situations in 11 markets. A No. 2 bow in the U.K. provided $2.5 million from 406 spots. Jump Street ranks No. 5 overseas on the weekend.
Two notable milestones achieved: Warner Bros.’ Journey 2: The Mysterious Island’s reaching the $300-million gross mark worldwide; and Paramount’s Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol’s accumulating a China gross of more than $100 million ($101.5 million). Journey 2 drew $5.2 million on the weekend from 52 markets, pushing its offshore cume to $207.2 million.
Opening in 10 territories, Universal’s 3D animation title Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax grossed $12.1 million overall at 1,285 venues in 16 markets. A Russia debut yielded an impressive $9.8 million at 693 sites, including previews. Total foreign gross, $14.6 million. This week the film opens in eight markets. It ranks as this weekend’s No. 2 title.
Third was 20th Century Fox’s romantic comedy This Means War, costarring Reese Witherspoon, Chris Pine andThomas Hardy, which turned in solid openings in Brazil and in Mexico, and grossed $9.16 million overall at 4,334 spots in 58 territories. Overseas cume stands at $69.4 million.
No. 4 was Paramount’s The Devil Inside, whichcontinues to quietly produce interesting box office. Latest round provided $7.2 million from 2,301 locations in 42 territories. Largest of the low-budget horror outing’s seven opening was the U.K. where it finished No. 1 in the market with $3.2 million generated at 377 spots. Overseas cume so far is $38 million.
Warner’s Project X, director Todd Phillips high school comedy, nudged its overseas cume to $14.3 million thanks to a $5.9 million weekend at 1,400 screens in 26 markets. A No. 2 France introduction drew $3.1 million from 248 sites.
Universal’s crime thriller Contraband picked up some steam abroad as it collected $4 million on the weekend at 1,699 playdates in 21 markets. A No. 6 opening in the U.K. generated $1.1 million from 409 situations. Overseas cume stands at $20.6 million.
Fox’s Chronicle, featuring high schoolers with supernatural powers, grossed $3.6 million at 1,898 spots in 29 territories, for an overseas cume of $54 million. A No. 2 Korea opening generated $1.6 million at 324 situations.
Safe House, Universal’s CIA thriller starring Denzel Washington raised its international total to $67 million thanks to a $3.6 million weekend at 1,980 sites in 47 markets. Five-time Oscar winner Hugo also drew $3.6 million on the weekend at 1,808 sites in the 33 markets handled by Paramount. The 3D outing from director Martin Scorsese has amassed $68.3 million from Paramount-handled territories.
Fox International’s British hit, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, costarring Judi Dench andMaggie Smith, finished No. 3 in the U.K., drawing $2.4 million from 485 spots and pushing its market cume to $21.8 million. On the weekend overall, the comedy-drama about pensioners in India came up with $3.5 million collected from 485 screens in five territories. Total overseas gross stands at $22.9 million.
n No. 1 for the second weekend in a row in South Korea was C.J. Entertainment’s release of director Byeon Yeong-joo’s Helpless, a mystery thriller. Weekend take was an estimated $3.9 million drawn from some 521 locations. Market cume comes to an estimated $10.7 million.
n In Germany and in Austria, the No. 1 spot was claimed by Constantin Film’s release of Turkisch fur Anfanger – Der Film (Turkish For Beginners, The Film), director Bora Dagtekin’s big-screen adaptation of the hit 2006 series on ARD-TV about a blended German-Turkish family. The comedy opened at 562 screens in both markets for a debut gross of slightly more than $4.4 million.
n France’s top market spot went to Cloclo (May Way), director Florent Emilio Siri’s biopic of the late French pop star of the Sixties and Seventies, Claude “Cloclo” Francois. Opening round for the Studio Canal Release at 905 screens drew $5.8 million.
n Finishing fourth in Japan was Warner’s Sherlock Homes: A Game of Shadows, which grossed $2.4 million in its second market weekend at 464 screens. Nine-day cume is $9.8 million. Overall on the weekend Game of Shadows came up with $2.5 million drawn from 14 markets for a foreign gross total of $342.2 million, slightly more than $277 more than the comparable foreign total of 2009’s Sherlock Homes.
n French comedy sensation Intouchables emerged No. 1 in Italy via Medusa Film. Fourth round at 417 situations generated $1.9 million, lifting the film’s market cume to an estimated $10.5 million. In Germany, the film has grossed a total of $64.4 million over 11 weeks.
Other overseas cumes:Fox’s The Descendants, $89.5 million; Sony’s The Vow, $43 million; Fox’s Star Wars: Episode I – 3D, $54.6 million; DreamWorks/Disney’s War Horse, $93.7 million; Fox’s Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked, $207.2 million; DreamWorks Animation/Paramount’s Puss In Boots $390.4 million; Fox’s August 8, $9.9 million in Russia and Ukraine only; Fox’s In Time, $129.3 million; and Fox’s We Bought A Zoo, $29.2 million.
Also, Sony/Paramount’s The Adventures of Tintin, $295.5 million; Paramount’s Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol, $483.1 million; Universal’s The Ides of March, $1.6 million over 10 days in Spain only; Sony and other distributors’ Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance, $76.9 million; Focus Features’ One Day, $43.7 million; Universal’s Wanderlust, $2.5 million; Sony’s The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, $129.6 million; Focus Features’ Beginners, $9.1 million; Universal’s Big Miracle, $4.6 million; Sony’s Underworld: Awakening, $96.7 million; Focus Features’ Jane Eyre, $21.5 million; and Focus Features’ The Conspirator, $4.2 million.