Foreign Box Office: 'Skyfall' Commands Overseas Action; 'Paranormal 4' Places Distant No. 2
Skyfall once again overpowered the foreign theatrical circuit on the weekend as the 23rd installment of the multi-billion-dollar James Bond franchise, expanding its offshore run by at least 50 markets, grossed an eye-popping $156 million.
Markets handled by Sony delivered $140.7 million of that total with licensees of co-distributor Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer coming up with the rest. IMAX reported its weekend take at 132 locations in 36 territories was $4.3 million or more than $33,000 per site.
In just 10 days of overseas release, the third Bond outing starring Daniel Craig as 007 has taken in a whopping total of $289.8 million, propelling Sony International to its best year ever on the foreign circuit with total 2012 box office of $2.182 billion. (The film opens this week in the U.S. and Canada.)
Skyfall’s weekend take this time – nearly double the $78.6 million opening foreign weekend gross last round from 6,354 locations in 25 markets -- is the third highest of 2012, surpassed only by the offshore weekend revenues logged in late April and early May by Marvel/Disney’s The Avengers.
A No. 1 Germany opening delivered $23.9 million, which Sony said was the market’s biggest-grossing 2012 debut. The U.K.’s second weekend take was $25.9 million at 593 locations, lifting the 10-day cume there to $85.1 million. France kicked in $15.3 million for a two-round market cume of $30.9 million.
Italy launched with $7.3 million, a market record for a Hollywood title this year. Russia came up with $5.4 million in Skyfall’s second round there, pushing the market cume to $16.4 million. Openings in Switzerland, India, Holland and Mexico generated $5.3 million, $5.1 million, $4.5 million and $3 million, respectively.
MGM/Eon/Danjaq coproduction, directed by Sam Mendes and filmed in the U.K., Turkey and ChinaFrance, Skyfall is well on track to become the biggest Bond ever on the foreign circuit.
Biggest offshore grosser of the franchise is 2006’s Casino Royale, also starring Craig, which bagged $432.2 million. Biggest Bond not starring the British actor was No. 20, 2002’s Die Another Day with Pierce Brosnan as 007, which drew $271.1 million. (The biggest foreign grosser of the seven Sean Connery Bonds produced by Eon was No. 4, 1965’s Thunderball, $77.6 million).
The 22 previous Bond titles dating from the first, 1962’s Dr. No (which generated $43.4 million overseas) to 2008’s Quantum of Solace ($407.7 million), have tallied total foreign revenues of $3.277 billion.
Opening at some 2,500 situations in a half dozen territories was Wreck-It Ralph, Disney’s 3D family animation title that drew $12 million on the weekend with $6.1 million coming from the film’s Russia opening and $4.9 million from Mexico. Ralph grossed $49.1 million its simultaneous domestic debut.
Premiering in six new territories in its third overseas weekend, Paramount’sParanormal Activity 4, grossed $14.1 million – just about even with last weekend’s take -- from 4,177 locations in 47 territories, lifting its foreign gross total to $68.3 million.
Its No. 3 France debut delivered $4.4 million from 250 cinemas, more than 60% ahead of the of the market opening takes of 2011’s Paranormal Activity 3 and 2010’s Paranormal Activity 2.
Holiday business in Europe and Latin American fueled Sony Animation’s Hotel Transylvania -- a comedy voiced by Adam Sandler and Kevin James about a boy who discovers Dracula is real -- to an $14.2 million fifth week of foreign release at 4,740 sites in 50 markets and pushing the title’s foreign gross total to $115.7 million.
Lighting up South Korea was C.J. Entertainment’s release of director Jo Sunghee’s coming of age romantic melodrama, Neukdae Sonyun (A Werewolf Boy), which opened at 706 locations and drew $8.5 million in its first five days, taking the market’s top spot.
Having broken the $500-million overseas gross mark during the week, DreamWorks Animation’s Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted continued to pile it on over the weekend, taking in another $8.1 million in its 22d round at 2,751 spots in 24 markets.
The Paramount release thus lifted its foreign cume to $512.8 million to become the second biggest offshore DreamWorks Animation grosser. (Biggest is 2010’s Shrek Forever After, which drew $513.9 million.)
The biggest grossing French-language title in France on the weekend continued to be Wild Bunch Distribution’s release of Asterix et Obelix: Au Service De Sa Majeste, the fourth comedy adventure directed by Laurent Tirard based on a series of popular French comic books.
The live action title in 3D starring Gerard Depardieu repeated as No. 2 in the market (after Skyfall) in its third round with $6.8 million -- nearly 50% more than the prior round thanks to school holiday business -- drawn from 776 playdates. France market cume stands at $24.7 million. At 2,511 screens in 23 markets, Asterix grossed $10 million on the weekend, lifting its cume to $37.9 million.
Universal The Bourne Legacy became the distributor’s third biggest-grossing release in China; the weekend drew $6.5 million for an 11-day market cume of $24.1 million. The China figure provided almost all of the weekend’s $6.7 million take from a total of 5,300 playdates in 17 territories. Foreign cume for the action sequel stands at $152.3 million.
Grossing $6.2 million at 4,114 venues in 63 markets, Taken 2 pushed its total foreign gross well past the $200-million mark ($212.7 million). 20th Century Fox is handling the thriller starring Liam Neeson in most foreign markets while co-producer EuropaCorp is distributing the sequel in 37 markets accounting for a weekend tally of $1.89 million at 1,721 spots and a cume of $60.3 million.
Disney’s Frankenweenie, director Tim Burton’s comedy animation with horror overtones, drew $5.3 million in its third round overseas playing in 32 territories, raising its foreign cume to $24.8 million. Worldwide tally stands at $58.3 million.
In Spain, Warner Bros. Espana’s release of Lo Impossible (The Impossible), director Juan Antonio Bayona’s action adventure costarring Naomi Watts and Ewan McGregor, dominated the market for the fourth consecutive weekend, said Warners, drawing $4.6 million from 560 screens and lifting its market cume to $42.5 million.
Ted, director Seth MacFarlane’s comedy-fantasy starring Mark Wahlberg, pushed its international gross total to $277.5 million -- with two territories still to play, including Japan -- thanks to an $4.2 million weekend at 1,641 locations in 36 markets. (Worldwide tally is breathing hard on the half-million mark, $496.2 million.)
Argo, actor-director Ben Affleck’s international thriller, grossed $4.1 million on the weekend overall at some 1,323 locations in 17 territories. Offshore cume stands at $13.4 million. A No. 1 second Australia round generated $1.9 million at 351 spots for a market cume of $4.9 million.
Universal’s release in France of Un Plan Perfect (Fly Me To The Moon), director Pascal Chaumel’s comedy costarring Danny Boon and Diane Kruger, opened No. 4 in the market with $4 million drawn from 576 screens. Universal said the figure was “lower than expected.”
Opening as Japan’s No.1 foreign import was Twentieth Century Fox’s Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, which collected $2.1 million from 405 sites in the market, just about its entire weekend take from a total of 466 spots in three markets. Offshore cume stands at $75.4 million.
Other international cumes: Focus Features’ Cloud Atlas, $1.25 million in three markets; Lionsgate’s Silent Hill: Revelation 3D, an estimated $9 million after a $1.7 million opening in the U.K. at 367 spots; Focus Features’ To Rome With Love, $55.4 million; Universal’s Pitch Perfect, $3.1 million; and Sony’s Total Recall, $137.2 million;
And, Lionsgate’s The Possession, estimated $26 million; Fox’s Diary of a Wimpy Kid, $27.1 million; Lionsgate’s Hope Springs, estimated $43 million; Focus Features’ Moonrise Kingdom, $19.5 million; Universal’s Savages, $29.9 million; Sony and other distruibutors’ Resident Evil; Retribution, $179.2 million; Fox’s Ice Age: Continental Drift, $714.5 million; Universal’s ParaNorman, $40.6 million; and various distributors’ Looper, $54 million.
Opening this week: Paramount’s Flight in Lebanon, United Arab Emirates and other Middle Eastern markets; Paramount’s Cirque du Soleil – Worlds Away in Japan;