Foreign Box Office: 'Paranormal Activity 3' Tops Soft Weekend Action Overseas
Following No. 1 debuts in the U.K., Belgium, Australia and Russia, Paramount’s Paranormal Activity 3 topped weekend box office on the foreign theatrical circuit, grossing from 42 offshore markets a total of $25.9 million from 3,888 locations – for a per-site average of just under $6,700.
While the third sequel in the low-budget horror franchise drew less than half the $54 million it drew in its U.S. and Canada opening, Activity 3 was pretty much the only game in town in a generally soft pre-Halloween box office round overseas.
The film’s robust premier in the U.K. and Ireland led the way, registering $5.4 million from 390 spots for a per-site average of nearly $14,000.
In Australia, Activity 3 drew $3.2 million from 184 situations, for a per-situation average of nearly $17,400. In Russia, the gross was $2.9 million from 520 venues while Belgium provided $388,000 from just 25 sites, for an average of more than $15,500 per playdate. And France was nothing to sneeze at either, providing a No. 3 ranking with $2.5 million drawn from 215 screens.
Opening numbers indicate Activity 3 may be on track to exceed the foreign box office returns of its predecessors. The original of the franchise, 2007’s Paranormal Activity, grossed about $85.5 million in overseas box office via myriad regional distributors. Paramount distributed 2010’s Paranormal Activity 2 offshore, and it tallied a foreign total of $92.8 million.
Meanwhile, Paramount will kick off the European campaign of director Steven Spielberg’s The Adventures of Tintin: Secret of the Unicorn in the U.K. on Wednesday (Oct. 26). The Columbia Pictures-Paramount co-production, a motion-capture animation produced by Peter Jackson, is based on the hugely successful European comic strip series created by the Belgian artist Georges Remi, familiarly known as Herge. The film’s U.S. opening is set for Dec. 21.
Taking the No. 2 spot on the weekend was Real Steel, the Hugh Jackman sci-fi/action vehicle, which topped the foreign box office chart the prior two weekends. This time, it registered $19.5 million in its third round offshore, playing in 32 territories.
The DreamWorks SKG/Touchstone title distributed by Disney remained strong in Russia (market cume of $17.9 million) and in South Korea (cume $10.1 million). Steel’s foreign gross total stands at $87.1 million. A No. 2 debut in France generated $2.7 million generated at 463 locations.
While opening softly on the weekend in the U.S. and Canada, Johnny English Reborn has already rolledupa$104.3-million cushion in total foreign box office since its overseas opening in mid-September. Latest weekend for the Rowan Atkinson, spy spoof sequel drew $14.2 million from 3,900 offshore locations.
Rebornis the second spy sendup starring the British comedian. The original Johnny English was released eight years ago, and grossed $133 million on the foreign theatrical circuit, nearly five times its domestic gross ($28 million). Weekend openings included a No. 3 debut in Mexico ($944,000 at 401 screens) and a No. 8 premier in France via Studio Canal ($1.1 million at 300 sites). Reborn ranked No. 3 overall on the weekend.
Opening No. 4 in the U.S and Canada – and ranking No. 4 foreign on the weekend -- was Summit Int’l.’s release of The Three Musketeers, a 3D adaptation of the Alexandre Dumas novel and costarring Logan Lerman, Christoph Waltz and Orlando Bloom, now in its eighth round of release overseas. Coproduced by Germany’s Constantin, Musketeers dueled its way to $13.7 million from 6,270 venues in 56 markets. Overseas cume stands at $67.8 million.
Fifth on the weekend was Warner Bros.’ Contagion, director Steven Soderbergh’s disaster sci-fi/thriller costarring Matt Damon, Kate Winslet and Jude Law. Openings in seven markets including a No. 3 bow in the U.K. ($2.3 million from 398 spots) propelled the total weekend tally to $9.8 million from 2,505 locations in 34 territories. Foreign cume so far stands at $22.9 million.
--- In France, director-actress’ Maiwenn Le Besco’s Polisse, which won the Jury Prize at this year’s Cannes International Film Festival, opened No. 1 commercially via Mars Distribution. The police drama about the operations of Paris’ child protection unit drew $4 million from 407 screens. Warner Bros. release of The Artist, starring Jean Dujardin (who won the best actor nod this year at Cannes), dropped from No. 1 last weekend to No. 4 in its second round, drawing $2.5 million from 452 situations.
--- Universal-DreamWorks-Reliance Ent.’s coproduction Cowboys & Aliens , an under-performer offshore, opened smartly in Japan and grossed $2.2 million on the weekend overall at 582 venues in 19 markets via Paramount. Its foreign cume stands at $70.7 million. While doing respectable domestic business, Paramount’s dance remake Footloose continues lamely offshore, generating $1.76 million from 1,046 sites in nine territories for an overseas cume so far of $6 million.
--- Since its offshore bow on July 27, Sony’s The Smurfs has generated $410.6 million in foreign box office (after a $3.7 million weekend at 3,256 sites in 86 markets.) 20th Century Fox’s big summer release, Rise of the Planet of the Apes, continues forcefully in Japan, taking the No. 1 market spot for the third straight round. Weekend overall generated $3.1 million from 836 venues in eight markets, pushing the foreign gross total to $266 million.
--- Sony’s Moneyball has generated a total foreign gross of $1.5 million so far after the baseball drama starring Brad Pitt opened in Russia. Weekend as a whole took in $853,536 from 439 locations in six territories.
-- Fresh from its showing at the London Film festival, Paramount opened the We Need To Talk About Kevin at 11 U.K. screens. Debut gross for director Lynne Ramsay’s drama starring Tilda Swinton as the mother of a murderous adolescent came in at $733,126, sufficient for a No. 7 ranking in the U.K.
Other international cumes: Sony’s Friends With Benefits, $89.3 million; Disney’s Lion King 3D, $44 million over 11 frames; Lionsgate’s Limitless, estimated $85 million; DreamWorks/Disney’s The Help, $11.6 million; Universal’s The Change-Up, $27 million; Fox’s Glee: The 3D Concert Movie, $6.8 million; Sony’s Friends With Benefits, $89.3 million (after a $2.8 million weekend at 1,860 sites in 50 markets); Universal’s The Thing, $3.1 million (Universal territories only); and Fox’s You Are The Apple Of My Eye, $14.4 million in Taiwan and Hong Kong.
Also, Warner Bros.’ Crazy, Stupid Love, $60.7 million; Fox’s Mr. Popper’s Penguins, $120.2 million; Paramount’s Rango, $121.5 million; Universal’s The Intruders, $3.37 million; Focus Features/Universal’s One Day, $28.5 million; Paramount’s Captain America, $191 million; Universal’s The Debt, $11.6 million; Fox’s Monte Carlo, $15.5 million; Universal’s Fast Five, $416.3 million; Fox’s What’s Your Number, $12.7 million; Universal’s Bridesmaids, $118.3 million; and Fox’s What A Man, $17.3 million in Germany only.