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Opening at 12,845 locations in 62 overseas markets, Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2 virtually sucked the box office oxygen out of the foreign theatrical circuit with a debut gross of $199.8 million – the biggest offshore opening launch of the year.
The weekend take easily beats the opening of last year’s The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part I, which drew an estimated $144 million at about 9,950 locations in 54 overseas markets. To get an idea of just how big this weekend’s action was, Breaking Dawn 2’s debut tally matches the entire foreign box office of series original, 2008’s Twilight.
Breaking day-and-date with its domestic release, the fifth and final title based on Stephenie Meyer’s series of novels about a young woman (Kristen Stewart) in love with a vampire (Robert Pattinson) blasted its way to a huge, double-digit weekend debut in the U.K. ($25.2 million at 588 locations for a per-site average of nearly $43,000).
Other big markets, as per Lionsgate Ent., which is handling foreign through various local distributors: Russia and eight other CIS markets ($21 million), Brazil ($18.4 million), France ($17.4 million), Australia ($12.6 million), Italy ($13.3 million), Spain ($12 million) and Mexico (also $12.2 million). Included in Breaking Dawn 2’s overseas weekend total was $3 million registered at 82 IMAX location.
2009’s The Twilight Saga: New Moon cumed $413.2 million foreign while the following year’s The Twilight Saga: Eclipse finished its overseas run with a gross of $398 million. The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part I drew a total offshore gross of $430.9 million.
The first four Twilight films grossed more than $2.5 billion worldwide of which $1.4 billion came from the foreign circuit. (Worldwide total for Breaking Dawn 2 stands at $340.9 million.)
Pushed aside to a distant No. 2 was Sony/MGM’s Skyfall, the 23rd installment of the James Bond franchise, which had been the foreign circuit’s box office champion for three prior stanzas.
The third outing starring Daniel Craig as 007 collected $49.6 million this weekend from 10,036 locations in 83 territories, pushing its foreign gross tally to $507.6 million. That makes Skyfall the biggest-grossing (not adjusted for inflation) James Bond title ever released on the foreign circuit. Top market on the weekend was Germany where the film tallied $10.2 million at 1,330 sites.
Flightstarring Denzel Washington got off to a tentative start offshore, premiering No. 5 in Russia with $1.2 million extracted from 387 spots. The film’s very early foreign cume stands at $2.3 million drawn from four territories. Distributor Paramount said that major-market openings are due in January and February “during the awards season.”
Continuing to show overseas box office traction after early lackluster rounds in Turkey, South Africa, India and Iceland, Cloud Atlas, the soul-searching sci-fi drama costarring Tom Hanks and Halle Berry.
Cloud Atlasopened No. 2 in Germany ($2.9 million at 554 locations) and No. 3 in Austria ($241,000 at 59 spots). The film also seizedthe No. 1 spot in Russia (via Twentieth Century Fox working on a distribution fee basis) for the second consecutive round, drawing $2.6 million from 1,300 spots for a market cume of $12.9 million.
Thanks to solid holdovers in France ($1.6 million at 346 spots at No. 3 in the market) and in the U.K. (No. 5 with $1.28 million drawn from 335 locations),Argo, actor-director Ben Affleck’s international thriller, grossed $8.7 million on the weekend overall at 3,451 screens in 38 territories. Offshore cume stands at $40.4 million.
Sony Animation’s Hotel Transylvania, a comedy voiced by Adam Sandler and Kevin James about a boy who discovers Dracula is real, grossed $8.3 million at 4,397sites in 62 markets. The title’s foreign gross total stands at $140.8 million.
Wreck-It Ralph, Disney’s 3D family animation title, playing in 19 territories, dipped to $4.8 million overseas its third round in 18 territories, and lifting its foreign gross total to $35.7 million. Worldwide take stands at $157.2 million.
DreamWorks Animation’s Rise of the Guardians opened at some 7,500 situations in China and bagged $2.9 million. The Paramount release, featuring the voices of Alec Baldwin and Hugh Jackman, opens in eight markets this week including Hong Kong, Russia and the Ukraine and Singapore.
Sony’s Here Comes the Boom, a comedy starring Kevin James as a biology teacher turned martial arts fighter, drew $2.5 million in its second round overseas at 948 screens in 22 markets for an overseas cume of $8.1 million. A No. 3 ranking in Germany kicked in $1.7 million at 559 locations.
Pushing its foreign gross total to $82.1 million was Paramount’s Paranormal Activity 4, which collected $2.3 million on its fifth offshore weekend from 1,991 spots in 42 markets. An Italy bow is on tape this week. DreamWorks Animation’s Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted has grossed via Paramount a total of $521.4 million overseas over the last 24 rounds. Latest weekend yielded $2.6 million at 2,047 situations in 25 locales.
Universal’s The Bourne Legacy pushed its foreign cume to $161.3 million thanks to a $2 million weekend at some 5,044 playdates in 13 markets while Twentieth Century Fox’s-EuropaCorp.’s Taken 2 grossed $1.9 million on the weekend an offshore cume of $222.4 million.
Top-grossing local language newcomer in the France market is Le Capital, director Costa-Gavras’ big business drama starring Gabriel Byrne. The Mars Distribution release opened No. 4 with an estimated $1.37 million derived from 259 screens.
After a $1.3 million weekend at 1,050 overseas sites, Looper, the time-traveling thriller costarring Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Bruce Willis, has rolled up via various local distributors nearly $100 million ($97 million) in total offshore revenue since its foreign theatrical opening in late September. Biggest markets: China ($20.2 million), U.K. ($16.4 million), Australia ($12.2 million), Russia ($7.6 million), France ($6 million) and South Korea ($3.8 million). Worldwide cume stands at $162 million.
Other international cumes: Universal’s Pitch Perfect, $4.2 million (worldwide, $65.7 million); Fox’s The Watch, $32.9 million; Paramount’s Cirque du Soleil – Worlds Away, $3.4 million in Japan); Universal’s Ted, $282 million (worldwide, $501 million); Wild Bunch’s Asterix et Obelix: Aus Service de sa Majeste, $32.7 million over five round in France only; and Universal’s Anna Karenina, $10.8 million from Taiwan, China, the U.K. and Ireland.
Also, Warner Bros. Espana’s Lo Impossible, $48.1 million over six rounds in Spain only; Pathe’s Nous York, $4.1 million over two stanzas in France only; Fox’s Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, $78.5 million; Universal’s ParaNorman, $42.8 million; Fox’s Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days, $27.9 million; Warner Bros. France’s Stars Des Annees 80, $12.8 million in France only; Fox’s The Sessions, 745,576 in two markets; and Universal’s Un Plan Parfait (Fly Me To The Moon), $8.2 million in France only.
And, Universal’s Mental, $4.3 million; Focus Features’ Moonrise Kingdom, $19.6 million; Fox’s Ice Age: Continental Drift, $717.2 million; and Focus Features’ To Rome With Love, $56.4 million.
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