Foreign Box Office: 'Tintin' Takes No. 1 Spot for Second Straight Weekend to Jump $100 Mil

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Taking first place in at least a dozen of 46 overseas markets played, Steven Spielberg’s The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn scoredits second consecutive No. 1 box office weekend on the foreign theatrical circuit with a $38.9 million gross collected from 6,87 offshore locations.


Since its foreign debut on Oct. 26, nearly two months prior to its scheduled domestic opening, the 3D motion-capture animation produced by Peter Jackson and based on the European comic book series created by Belgian artist Herge has sailed past the $100-million mark with an accumulated tally of $123.4 million.


Meanwhile, opening in 23 markets via Universal day-and-date with its domestic bow was director Brett Ratner’s Tower Heist, collecting a soft $9.19 million from 1,981 sites for a per-screen average of slightly more than $4,600.


The Imagine Ent./Relativity Media crime caper costarring Ben Stiller and Eddie Murphy premiered No. 3 in the U.K. ($2.3 million drawn from 412 spots) and opened No. 2 in Spain ($1.6 million at 299 playdates). The film has 42 offshore territories yet to play. 


Sony is co-distributing Tintin with Paramount offshore. Biggest weekend opening was a No. 2 debut in Russia, which contributed $4.8 million from 722 screens. In Spain, the first-place second weekend chalked up $5.1 million, lifting the market total to $16.5 million.


Tintin premiered No. 1 in Finland and Greece, and drew $5.75 million from 579 venues in its No. 2 second round in France for a market total of $28.2 million. In the U.K. where the film is distributed by Paramount, the first place take was $3.5 million elicited from 796 spots for a market cume of $16.7 million.


Tintin’s box office action has ignited foreign box office at a key moment since 2011 gross estimates to date indicate that with nearly two full months left to the year – and the bulk of the big holiday films still to open offshore -- Hollywood’s six major studios are collectively on track to notch a new foreign box office record.


Through Oct. 31, the “big six” amassed combined international box office of  $11.694 billion, just about $1 billion shy of the 2010’s record $12.7 million benchmark, according to studio figures.


Paramount International leads the pack in the 10-month overseas gross sweepstakes with total box office of $2.626 billion, followed by Warner Brothers International, with $2.5 billion. Then, Disney ($2.054 billion), 20th Century Fox ($1.925 billion), Sony ($1.493 billion) and Universal ($1.095 billion).


In Time is showing box office energy overseas with its second weekend take of $17 million, drawn from 4,002 locations in 52 markets, placing the sci-fi/thriller costarring Justin Timberlake and Amanda Seyfried in the overall No. 2 spot.


Distributor Fox says the film is “on track to achieve over $90 million” in offshore box office. “If later markets open like these early markets have, it could pass $100 million before the (offshore) run is over.” A No. 2 debut in the U.K. generated $3 million from 428 locations. In Time’s  foreign cume so far is $38.5 million.


Ranking third on the weekend was DreamWorks Animation’s Puss In Boots, which grossed $16.9 million from 1,249 venues in just four markets, Russia ($13.6 million from 1,007 locations for a $35 million market cume), the Ukraine,  the Philippines and Trinidad. 


Total foreign box office for the 3D animation spinoff of Shrek is $40.7 million after two rounds of foreign play. Paramount, which is distributing Puss In Boots overseas, plans openings later this month in Singapore, Malaysia, United Arab Emirates and Spain.


Blazing out of the gate in France and ranking No. 4 overall was Gaumont’s release of Intouchables, co-directors Olivier Nakache and Eric Toledano’s comedy about a wealthy quadriplegic and an ex-con immigrant from the projects who is his caretaker.


Opening round for the closing-night selection at this year’s 59th San Sebastian International Film festival bagged $14.7 million from 500 screens, the market’s largest opening gross for a French film this year. The Weinstein Co. has scopped up U.S. and Canada release rights. 


No. 5 was Paramount’s horror outing Paranormal Activity 3, which was spurred by No. 1 openings in Germany and Austria to a total weekend take of $13.5 million from some 3,500 locations in more than 40 territories.  Overseas cume comes to $76.6 million.        


After five rounds of foreign release, Disney sci-fi/action drama Real Steel has accumulated a total of $127.2 million. Weekend provided $11.2 million from 38 territories. Worldwide gross comes to $206.5 million. Fox’s Rise of the Planet of the Apes finished No. 1 in China for the second straight stanza, and collected $7.56 million overall on the weekend from 2,982 situations in five markets.  Foreign cume comes to $294.9 million.


Johnny English Reborn, the spy spoof sequel starring Rowan Atkinson, pushed its international gross total to $140.1 million thanks to a $7.8 million weekend at  3,523 sites in 57 markets. In Italy, the No. 1 title was Medusa Film's release of I Soliti Idioti, which opened to $6.15 million at 475 screens. 


Summit Int’l./Constantin’s The Three Musketeers in 3D has passed the $100 million mark in worldwide box office ($113 million) almost all of its grossed offshore (foreign cume, $94.7 million).  Weekend at 5,345 venues in 61 markets came up with $5.8 million. Warner’s disease-disaster drama Contagion has grossed $47.5 million so far overseas after a $4.8 million weekend at 2,420 sites in 45 territories.


Other international cumes: Sony’s The Smurfs, $416.5 million;  Fox’s Monte Carlo, $16.7 million; DreamWorks/Disney’s The Help, $22 million; Fox’s What’s Your Number, $15.7 million; Disney’s The Lion King 3D, $53.4 million; Paramount’s Footloose, $9.9 million; Universal’s The Change-Up, $31 million; Universal and other distributors’ Drive, $1.15 million in Russia via Universal; Fox’s You Are The Apple of My Eye, $18.7 million; Morgan Creek’s The Thing, $4.9 million in territories handled by Universal; and Sony’s Anonymous, $1.1 million.


Also, The Weinstein Co.’s I Don’t Know How She Does It, $16.6 million; Paramount’s We Need To Talk About Kevin, $2.5 million over three rounds in U.U. only; Universal’s Fast Five, $418.4 million; Paramount’s Cowboys & Aliens, $73.9 million; Marvel/Paramount’s Captain America: The First Avenger, $191.7 million; Universal/Focus Features’ Jane Eyre, $17.7 million; The Weinstein Co.’s The Artist, $11.5 million from France and Belgium only; Focus Features’ Beginners, $8 million; Universal/Focus Features’ One Day, $32.5 million; and Universal’s The Debt, $12.2 million.