Foreign Box Office: 'Mission:Impossible -- Ghost Protocol' Remains No. 1 Overseas for Third Consecutive Stanza

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Paramount’s Mission: Impossible – Ghost  Protocol, 2012’s first box office champ on the foreign theatrical circuit, took the top weekend spot for the third consecutive round, drawing $46.2 million drawn from 7,369 locations in 51 overseas markets, and lifting its total offshore gross to $227.6 million.


The high-octane sequel starring Tom Cruise opened the U.K. on “Boxing Day” holiday – the day after Christmas when, traditionally, British Commonwealth aristocracy gave boxes containing gifts to their domestic help – and grossed $12.7 million in its first week, No. 1 in the market. 


First-place holdovers were also recorded in Japan and Korea. Paramount said Protocol has so far grossed $10 million or more in nine markets, including India ($10.1 million).


Second on the weekend overall was Warner Bros.’ Sherlock Holmes: A Games of Shadows, which collected $34 million from playdates in 45 terrrories.


Director Guy Ritchie’s sequel costarring Robert Downey Jr. and Jude Law opened forcefully in Russia (No. 1 with $6.4 million including sneak previews at 1,170 locations) and in Mexico (also No. 1 with $3.1 million drawn from 1,153 sites). Foreign cume comes to $106 million offshore with openings in Spain and Australia due this week. 


Down Under, Steve Spielberg is to some extent competing with himself.


The director’s The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn opened on “Boxing Day” in Australia via Paramount, while the director’s War Horse from Dreamworks/Touchstone via Disney premiered in the market’s No. 5 spot,

grossing an estimated $3.5 million from some 243 locations. Overall, the World War I drama costarring Jeremy Irvine and Emily Watson generated $4 million over its six-day launch in its two-market offshore bow. 


For its part, Tintin grabbed Australia’s top spot and the No. 1 slot in New Zealand, and drew an overall tally of $11.6 million and a No. 5 weekend ranking,  raising its overseas cume to $312.2 million collected via Sony, Paramount, Toho-Towa in Japan and Lotte in South Korea since its offshore bow on Oct. 26. 


 Opening in the U.K. and five other smaller markets was Sony’s The Girl WithThe Dragon Tatto, which collected $3.9 million on the weekend overall from 1,515 sites in 13 markets.  First full week in the U.K. at 920 sites yielded $6.7 million of the weekend total for director David Fincher’s edition starring Rooney Mara of the Swedish thriller. Early international cume stands at $12.2 million over two rounds.


Opening in at least a half dozen markets including Australia and Russia was 20th Century Fox’s Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked, which collected $24.1 million on the weekend from 6,613 locations in 57 territories. It ranked No. 3 on the weekend.


Cume for the third installment of computer animation franchise about singing chipmunks stands at $80.8 million. Alvin is especially popular with school holiday crowds in France where it ranked second with $4.9 million drawn from 602 situations in its second market round for a local cume of $11.5 million.


Fourth was DreamWorks Animation’s Puss In Boots, buoyed by school vacation audiences, grossed $21 million on the weekend in 50 markets, hoisting its overseas gross total to $274.8 million. No. 5 was Warner Bros./New Line’s New Year’s Eve, which gathered $10 million from playdates in 55 offshore territories, lifting its international cume to $67.2 million.


Gripping the No. 1 spot in France for the ninth consecutive round was Gaumont’s Intouchables, the local-language comedy phenomenon about a wealthy quadriplegic (Francois Cluzet) bonding with a caretaker (Omar Sy) with a shady past. Weekend gross at 970 screens in France and three other markets came to $9.5 million, lifting the film’s total cume to $157.7 million.


Fox’s We Bought A Zoo introduced itself in six new markets, and collected $5.1 million on the weekend overall from 1,413 screens in 13 territories.  Director Cameron Crowe’s family drama costarring Matt Damon and Scarlett Johansson premiered No. 6 in Australia.  The film’s early cume stands at $7.8 million. 


Sony’s seasonal family outing, Arthur Christmas, elevated its overseas cume to nearly $100 million ($96.8 million) since its Nov. 11 opening overseas after a $3.2 million weekend at 3,839 sites in 81 markets.


Fox’s release of The Darkest Hour, a Russia-set sci/fi-horror outing about alien invaders, made its debut in five new markets including Germany where opened No. 9. Weekend take overall was $3.2 million from 2,111 situations in 16 territories. Early international cume stands at $8.2 million.


Rubbeldiekatz, Universal’s German-language romantic comedy release, ranked No. 3 in its third Germany round (up 45% from the prior stanza), and generated $2.5 million on the weekend overall from 671 sites in Germany, Austria and German-speaking Switzerland. Cume stands at $11.1 million.  


Other international cumes: Fox’s In Time, $103.8 million; Universal’s Tower Heist, $58 million (after a $2.6 million round at 599 sites in 27 markets); Fox’s You Are The Apple Of My Eye, $25 million from four Asian markets including Hong Kong where it is the market’s biggest Chinese-language title ever; Disney’s The Muppets, $9.3 million; Universal’s The Change-Up, $36.5 million; Studio Canal’s Hollywoo, $17.6 million over four rounds in France only; and Universal’s Johnny English Reborn, $150.8 million.


Also, The Weinstein Co.’s The Artist, $16.4 million; Focus Features’ One Day, $42.6 million; Sony’s Jack and Jill, $19.3 million; Focus Features’ Jane Eyre, $20.7 million; The Weinstein Co.’s My Week With Marilyn, $4.7 million; Focus Features’ The Conspirator, $3.9 million; Sony’s Vysotsky: Thank God I’m Alive, $30 million in Russia only; and Focus Features’ Beginners, $8.5 million.