Foreign Box Office: 'Sherlock Holmes: A Game Of Shadows' Still No. 1 Overseas

Sherlock Holmes Game of Shadows Still - H 2011
Warner Bros.

Sherlock Holmes Game of Shadows Still - H 2011

"Contraband" and "The Descendants" open softly offshore, while "Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol" places No. 2 for the weekend.



Warner Bros.’ Sherlock Homes: A Game of Shadows held the No. 1 box office spot on the foreign theatrical circuit for the second consecutive weekend, drawing $29.6 million from 9,865 locations in 57 markets and lifting its overseas gross total to $229.1 million through Monday.


Solid No. 1 openings in Brazil ($3.3 million at 429 locations) and in Argentina along with a first-place holdover in Australia helped drive the action for director Guy Ritchie’s sequel costarring Robert Downey Jr. and Jude Law. A China launch commenced on Sunday, with the opening day figure registering $2.9 million. 


Warners said that the offshore cume for Game of Shadows is 14% ahead of 2009’s Sherlock Homes comparable tally “at the same point in release.” (The original Holmes grossed a total of $315 million overseas.)


Universal’s release of Contraband, director Baltasar Kormakur’s crime thriller starring Mark Wahlberg – which opened No. 1 domestically – dipped its toes internationally in seven markets (Russia, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam, Bulgaria and Slovenia) for a weekend take of $1.6 million through Monday from 481 locations.  Russia provided $929,000 from 373 playdates. Openings in nine markets are on tap this week including in Israel and Taiwan.


Also introducing itself overseas was Golden Globe best drama winner The Descendants, director Alexander Payne’s drama starring George Clooney as a businessman trying to reunite with to daughters after his wife’s boating accident. The 20th Century Fox release opened in Australia, generating $2.38 million from 233 screens.


Best musical or comedy Golden Globe winner, The Artist, collected $1.46 million overseas on the weekend playing 235 screens in eight markets.  Since its Oct. 12 France opening, The Weinstein Co. release starring Jean Dujardin (who won the Golden Globe’s best actor in a musical or comedy nod) has generated $21 million in foreign box office, $30.2 million worldwide.


Paramount’s Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol, which has grossed $320.5 million since opening on the foreign circuit on Dec. 14, drew $16.5 million on the weekend from 5,651 venues in 54 territories.


The action sequel starring Tom Cruise remains No. 1 in Japan in its fifth market round ($2.6 million from 344 situations for a cume of $57.8 million) and No. 2 in South Korea (via C.J. Entertainment) with $2.4 million posted there at 402 locations for a five-week market total of $45 million. It ranked No. 2 overall on the weekend. A China opening is due later this month.


The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, director David Fincher’s interpretation of the Swedish thriller, opened No. 2 in Austria and in Germany, drawing $2.9 million from 525 spots in the latter market.  A No. 2 Australia debut generated $2.4 million at 252 sites. The Sony release opened in at least nine territories. The No. 3 weekend overall came up with $16.1 million from 3,910 screens in 43 markets for an international cume since Dec. 21 of $49.3 million.


No. 4, Fox’s Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked, elevated its foreign gross total to $154.4 million thanks to a $14.8 million weekend playing at 6,400 screens in 64 markets. Openings in Poland and Latvia plus strong holds in Brazil ($2.7 million at 539 sites for a cume of $13.4 million), U.K., Spain, Mexico and Argentina drove weekend action for the third installment of the computer animation franchise about singing chipmunks.


No. 5 was DreamWorks Animation’s Puss In Boots, which made a No. 1 debut in South Korea (via C.J. Entertainment) at some 800 venues, drawing $5.3 million. In Turkey, the Paramount release drew $757,000 from 185 sites, a record market opening for a DreamWorks Animation title. Weekend overall came up with $14.6 million at 5,595 locations in 44 markets, lifting the film’s overseas gross total to $331.8 million.


Fox’s release of The Darkest Hour, a Russia-set sci/fi-horror outing, premiered in 26 markets, and drew $9.56 million overall from a total of 4,250 locations in 57 territories.  No. 1 openings were recorded in Mexico ($1.3 million at 572 screens), Holland, Bolivia and in Hong Kong ($547,448 at 74 sites or nearly  $7,400 per screen on average). International cume stands at $28.4 million.       


No. 1 in the U.K. was director Steven Spielberg’s War Horse, which drew $6.1 million from 491 locations, the lion’s share of the DreamWorks/Disney release’s $8.5 million weekend take from a dozen markets. International cume stands at $17.3 million.


In France, Gaumont’s Intouchables was displaced by director Clint Eastwood’s J. Edgar from Warner Bros. as the market’s No. 1 title after 10 weeks in the top spot.  The phenomenally popular comedy paring a wealthy quadriplegic with a caretaker with a shady past drew $3.7 million in the No. 2 spot from 865 playdates, lifting its France cume past $150 million ($151.2 million).


However, in Germany Intouchables via Senator emerged No. 1 in its second round in the market, grossing $4.6 million from 466 screens for a market cume of $8.7 million. Ditto as well in Austria where the No. 1, second-round tally via Constantin was $452,786 million from 62 spots for a market cume of $1.1 million.


In all, Intouchables grossed $9 million on the weekend from 1,459 screens in seven markets, lifting its overall cume to $174.6 million.


For its part, J. Edgar generated $6.5 million on the weekend overall from 1,256 screens in 10 markets for an early international cume of $13 million through Monday. The first place berth in France was secured with $4.1 million generated at 477 screens. Openings in Germany and the U.K. are due this week.   


Otherwise in France, the top local language newcomer is Diaphana Films’ release of director-scripter Pierre Pinaud’s Parlez-moi de vous, a comedy-drama about a reclusive 40-year-old radio sex therapist (Karin Viard) with a spinsterish private life. Opening round at 180 screens drew $68,605 and a No. 5 market ranking.


Director Steven Spielberg’s The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn grossed $3.4 million on the weekend -- $1.83 million from 1,488 screens in 35 markets handled by Sony, and $1.5 million generated at 669 spots in five markets handled by Paramount. Cume via all distributors comes to $279.2 million. 


The Iron Lady, the biopic of former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher starring Meryl Streep, took the No. 2 spot in the U.K. via Fox with $2.3 million drawn from 460 locations for a market cume of $7.9 million. Weekend take in all came to $3.9 million from 784 screens in seven markets for a gross total of $11.7 million.


Other international cumes: Warner Bros./New Line’sNew Year’s Eve, $87.6 thanks to a $4.4 million weekend at 2,750 sites in 50 markets; Universal’s Tower Heist, $63.4 million; Fox’s In Time, $107.1 million;Hugo, $8.7 million (in Paramount handled territories only); Focus Features/Universal’s One Day, $43.2 million; Sony’s Jack and Jill, $22.1 million; Immortals, $32.1 million (Universal territories only); Sony’s Arthur Christmas, $100.8 million; and Focus Features’ The Conspirator, $4 million.


Also, The Weinstein Co.’s My Week With Marilyn, $5.5 million; Disney’s The Muppets, $15 million (after a $3.5 million in its eighth round overseas in 22 markets); Sony’s Fox’s We Bought A Zoo, $16.4 million; Sony’s Vysotsky: Thank God I’m Alive, $30.8 million from Russia; Universal’s Rubbeldiekatz, $17.1 million in German-speaking European markets; Focus Features/Universal’s Jane Eyre, $21 million; Studio Canal’s Hollywoo, $18.6 million over six rounds in France only; Paramount’s Offroad, which opened No. 5 in Germany with $1.3 million at 318 screens; Sony’s Moneyball, $30.9 million; and Focus Features’ Beginners, $8.6 million.