Foreign Box Office: 'Dark Knight Rises' Commands No. 1 Slot Overseas, Grossing More Than $250 Million To Date Offshore

Dark Knight Rises Christian Bale Laser Gun - H 2012
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Dark Knight Rises Christian Bale Laser Gun - H 2012

"Ice Age 4" comes in at No. 2, drifting past the half-billion foreign gross mark; "Amazing Spider-Man" tops $410 million.


Warner brothers’ The Dark Knight Rises ruled the foreign theatrical circuit on the weekend, parleying a considerably wider second-round release at 17,200 venues in 57 markets to a mighty $126.2 million -- $4.1 million more than Sunday’s projection.


That is a 43% increase from the Batman sequel’s opening foreign launch last round (which generated $88 million at 7,173 sites in just 17 markets) and pushed the film’s foreign gross total well past the $200-million mark ($252 million).


Dark Knight Risesintroduced itself in some 40 marketsincluding No. 1 bows in France ($11.4 million at 892 sites including previews), Germany ($11.3 million at 1,029 spots including previews) and in Mexico ($9.6 million at 1,141 situations).                           


Christopher Nolan’sfinal Batman title also premiered in Russia ($8.3 million at 1,310 screens including previews), Brazil ($6.8 million at 934 sites) and in Japan ($5.8 million including previews at 546 sites).


Top holdover market was the U.K. where Dark Knight Rises extracted $11.4 million from 598 spots for a market cume of $47.9 million. Australia delivered $7.6 million in round two from 631 sites, pushing the market cume to $26.6 million. 


The aftermath of the theater shooting in Aurora, Colorado seems not to have significantly affected second round foreign action. Dark Knight Rises still has a ways to go to catch up to the overseas gross total -- $469 million – registered by its predecessor, 2008’s The Dark Knight.


Passing the half-billion foreign gross mark ($516.3 million) was the weekend’s No. 2 title, Ice Age: Continental Drift, which grossed $50.7 million at 15,932 venues in 69 markets.


That puts the latest sequel in the computer animation franchise within very distant hailing distance of the best grosser of the series, 2009’s Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs, which grossed a total of $693.9 million offshore.


Continental Driftopened No. 1 in China, registering $15.7 million at some 3,500 locations, and also benefited from strong introductions in South Korea ($3 million at 501 sites) and in India ($1.6 million at 238 spots), both of which set market records for a Fox animation title.


Opening spectacularly in the No. 1 spot in South Korea was Showbox’s release of The Thieves.  Director Choi Dong-hoon’s crime thriller about a robbery gang on the lam in Macao generated $18.1 million over five days in its debut at 1,073 situations. It ranks as the weekend’s No. 3 title. 


No. 4 wasThe Amazing Spider-Man – the fourth title in the blockbuster series, which has been playing overseas since June 27 -- elevated is foreign gross total to $413 million thanks to a $12.9 million weekend at 9,252 sites in 86 markets. Distributor Sony said the sequel is the top grosser of the franchise in 30 markets. Biggest offshore title of the series is 2007’s Spider-Man 3, which tallied a total of $554.3 million in total foreign box office).


Pixar’s Brave continues to chug along on a measured release pattern overseas, playing in 24 territories -- which distributor Disney describes as about 38% of the international market.  Weekend tally for the animation title was $9.6 million, elevating the film’s foreign gross total to $92 million. (Domestic cume stands at $217.3 million.) Brave is the weekend’s No. 5 title.


Opening No. 1 in Spain ($2.6 million at 395 venues) and Portugal ($1.1 million at 67 spots for a nearly $16,000 per-location average) is DreamWorks Animation’s Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted, which drew $6.9 million on the weekend overall from 2,366 situations in 41 countries.  Foreign cume comes to $291.7 million. Paramount will open the animation title this week in seven markets including Japan and Hong Kong.


Capping off a lengthy foreign run in style is Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax, Universal’s 3D animation adapted from the classic children’s book.  A solid No. 2 opening in the U.K. – at the start of a month of school holidays -- generated $2.9 million at 502 locations. A China bow came up with $964,000 million at 1,060 sites.  Weekend overall delivered $5.9 million at 3,506 playdates in 13 markets for a foreign cume of $110.6 million.


Lionsgate’s release of Summit Entertainment’s Step Up Revolution opened at 1,151 locations in 10 foreign markets, drawing $5.7 million. The latest title in the dance-drama series costarring Kathryn McCormick and Ryan Guzman drew the No. 1 slot in Thailand and premiered No. 2 in Hong Kong.


Other international cumes:Universal’s Ted, $44.1 million (after a $2.7 million weekend at 497 playdates in 10 markets); Sony’s That’s My Boy, $9.9 million; Fox’s Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, $34.6 million; Paramount’s The Dictator, $105.7 million; Universal’s Snow White and the Huntsman, $232.3 million; and Fox’s Prometheus, $179.5 million.


Also, Focus Features' To Rome With Love, $25.7 million; Universal’s The Five-Year Engagement, $21.8 million; Gaumont’s Les Kaira, $5.9 million in France only; Focus Features' Moonrise Kingdom, $14.3 million; Fox’s Bol Bachchan, $27.5 million; Pathe’s Un bonheur n’arrive jamais seul, $11.7 million over five rounds in France only; and Universal’s Savages, $2.8 million; Paramount’s Katy Perry: Part of Me, $5.1 million; Universal’s Hanni and Nanni 2, $6.6 million; and Sony’s Men In Black III, $444.4 million.