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That’s roughly in line with the midnight earnings of Disney’s Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time, which opened to $30 million in North America.
John Carter, costing $250 million to produce plus a major marketing spend, is opening virtually around the world, save for China and Japan.
Overseas, it has earned roughly $13 million in the first territories where it’s opened (in some countries, movies open on Wednesday or Thursday). That’s a soft number, though there were several bright spots.
Russia bought welcome news for Disney. John Carter grossed an estimated $6.5 million there Thursday, the biggest opening day in Russian cinema history.
It also did solid business in Hong Kong and Thailand, possibly portending a good run in China and other Asian countries.
In North America, John Carter will be playing in a total of 3,749 locations Friday, including 2,614 3D runs. It’s also playing in 289 Imax theaters.
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