Foreign Box Office: Early Numbers Show 'Dark Knight Rises' Earning North of $70 Million
Christopher Nolan's superhero tentpole opened in 17 countries over the weekend.
Warner Bros.' The Dark Knight Rises is expected to easily top the foreign box office chart despite the theater shooting in Aurora, Colo., that left at least a dozen dead and dozens others injured.
Neither the studio nor Rentrak are officially reporting worldwide grosses for the weekend out of respect for the victims, but sources with access to numbers say Christopher Nolan's final Batman pic earned at least $70 million-plus from nine of the 17 countries where it debuted over the weekend.
Official number are expected to be released on Monday.
The biggest market for Dark Knight Rises was the U.K., where the film grossed at least $16.1 million through Saturday, with another $6 million in box office likely on Sunday. Australia came up with a weekend tally of $15.2 million, while South Korea looks to generate $15 million.
Spain is estimated to come up with another $4 million, with Hong Kong contributing $3 million. Dark Knight Rises opens in Germany, France and Japan this coming week.
It's not clear yet what impact the Colorado theater massacre had on foreign box office results, although one rival studio executive told THR the movie is doing strong business.
In other weekend action, 20th Century Fox’s Ice Age: Continental Drift, the No. 1 box office attraction overseas last round, drew $58.8 million on the weekend at 13,825 locations in 67 markets. Cume for the fourth title in the Ice Age animation franchise stands at $442.7 million. A Venezuela premier delivered $2.2 million at 106 situations.
DreamWorks Animation and Paramount's Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted, which has been playing overseas since June 6, has grossed an offshore total of $282.5 million after a $6.1 million weekend at 4,977 venues in 44 countries. A No. 2 Netherlands opening delivered $2.7 million (including previews) from 205 situations
Paramount’s The Dictator crossed the $100 million mark over the weekend, thanks to a $2.6 million weekend at 1,388 sites in 38 countries. The Sacha Baron Cohen comedy opens in the Philippines and Vietnam this week.
Other international cumes: Paramount’s Katy Perry: Part of Me, $4.9 million; Fox’s Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, $33.1 million; Fox’s Prometheus, $177.1 million; and Fox’s Bol Bachchan, $26.2 million of which $24.2 million derives from the India market.