International Box Office: StudioCanal Heading for German Box-Office Double

Paddington the Bear Still - H 2014
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Paddington the Bear Still - H 2014

StudioCanal's family film 'Paddington' is set to take the second spot in Germany behind 'The Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 1'

StudioCanal Germany is set to pull off a box-office double-header this weekend. The German division of the French mini-major is still riding high atop the German charts with The Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 1. This weekend it looks as if StudioCanal's own production, the British family film Paddington, will join it at the top.

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Paddington opened on 522 screens in Germany on Thursday, Dec. 4, grossing $130,000 (€105,000). If it holds that pace, the film, an adaptation of Michael Bond's classic kids book, should gross close to $2 million in Germany this weekend, enough to secure the No. 2 slot behind Mockingjay. Paddington's biggest competition will be The Penguins of Madagascar, which is going into its second weekend here and could still edge out the beloved British bear in his German debut.

Mockingjay, however, should remain comfortably perched on top at the local box office. The penultimate Hunger Games film earned more than $450,000 on Thursday and should earn around $4 million over the course of the four-day weekend, bringing its total in Germany close to $30 million.

Mockingjay is set to hold on to its No. 1 slot in the U.S. as well this weekend, running unopposed with no new wide releases to compete with. An expected weekend take of between $20 million and $25 million will raise the film's domestic total north of $250 million.

Paddington opened at No. 1 in the U.K. last weekend, grossing more than $8 million and marking StudioCanal's biggest weekend ever for the territory. StudioCanal does not have the Hunger Games franchise outside of German-speaking Europe.

Directed by Paul King and produced by Harry Potter producer David Heyman, Paddington features Sally Hawkins, Hugh Bonneville, Peter Capaldi and Nicole Kidman with Ben Whishaw providing the voice of the CGI-animated bear.

StudioCanal financed the feature, which Heyman's Heyday Films produced. The Weinstein Co. has U.S. rights to the film and is planning a domestic bow for Paddington on Jan.16.