Around-the-World Roundup: "Taken 2" Off to Great Start Overseas
Demonstrating the power of the sequel, Taken 2 rocked the foreign box office this weekend with grosses that were drastically higher than its predecessor's figures. Meanwhile, Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted continued to finally roll out in Europe and scored one of its best debuts yet.
Taken 2 earned $55.2 million from 50 territories this weekend. It topped the U.K. box office with $11.9 million (including previews), which is more than the original earned in its entire run. It was also incredibly strong in France ($8.8 million) and Australia ($8.1 million), though it was less impressive in Mexico ($2.5 million), Russia (roughly $1.9 million), Spain ($1.2 million), China ($1.1 million) and Brazil ($1.03 million). Through two weekends in South Korea, Taken 2 is already the highest-grossing 20th Century Fox movie of the year with $13.8 million.
The original Taken was a massive success in the U.S. with $145 million, but was comparatively weak overseas with just $81.8 million. The sequel has already banked $66.8 million, and will blow past Taken's total by the end of the week. In fact, it's on pace to at least double that amount by the end of its run, which is a very impressive accomplishment.
Madagascar 3 grossed $22.3 million this weekend, most of which came from a huge debut in Germany. The animated three-quel tallied $14.9 million through its first six days there, which helped push the movie's worldwide total past $450 million. It is now the highest-grossing Madagascar movie on an overseas basis ahead of Escape 2 Africa ($423.9 million). Worldwide, Madagascar 3 reached $667 million, which ranks just ahead of Kung Fu Panda 2 ($666 million) as DreamWorks Animation's top non-Shrek movie ever. Its final major market is the U.K. (Oct. 19), which will help get the movie past the coveted $500 million overseas mark.
Hotel Transylvania earned $13.9 million this weekend for an early foreign total of $29.9 million. The movie is performing particularly well in Latin America: it scored first place in Brazil with $3.4 million (including previews) and had a strong $1.3 million first place start in Argentina as well.
Resident Evil: Retribution added $11.8 million, which brings its total to $159.1 million. Its only significant opening came in Spain, where it took first place with a decent $1.4 million. Including its domestic earnings, the fifth installment in the "Resident Evil" franchise has now earned more than $200 million worldwide.
At the risk of sounding redundant, Ted once again occupied a place near the top of the foreign charts this weekend thanks to a very good $3.3 million second place start in Italy. Overall, it grossed $11.2 million from 46 markets for a new total of $232.2 million. The Seth MacFarlane-directed comedy sensation has so-far taken in over $450 million, and with France and Belgium opening next weekend the movie is well on its way to passing the original Hangover's $467.5 million worldwide total.
Outside of Russia and China (where results are not currently available), Looper made roughly $7.4 million this weekend. It's only major debut was in Germany, where it earned a middling $1.2 million over its first five days. It also added $2.45 million in the U.K. and $2.1 million in Australia.
Other Notables - Weekend Gross - Gross-to-Date Ice Age 4 - $5.5 - $699.4 The Bourne Legacy - $3.6 - $120.1 Wimpy Kid 3 - $2.1 - $23.8 The Lorax - $2 - $127.6 Abe Lincoln - $1.9 - $69.1 Intouchables - $1.9 - $382 ParaNorman - $1.7 - $34.8 Savages - $1.4 - $15.7 To Rome with Love - $1.2 - $50.2 The Watch - $1 - $29.1
1. Taken 2 - $22.5 million 2. Argo - $20.12 million 3. Sinister - $18.25 million 4. Hotel Transylvania - $17.3 million 5. Here Comes the Boom - $12 million 6. Pitch Perfect - $9.336 million 7. Frankenweenie - $7.014 million 8. Looper - $6.3 million 9. Seven Psychopaths - $4.275 million 10. The Perks of Being a Wallflower - $2.166 million 11. Atlas Shrugged: Part 2 - $1.708 million 12. End of Watch - $1.703 million 13. Trouble with the Curve - $1.525 million
The low-budget film, which premiered at Sundance in January, got a pre-release boost from Oprah Winfrey. She tweeted twice about the film recently and posted a message on her Facebook page, which read in part:
"Saw the film 'Middle of Nowhere.' Powerful and Poetic. It opens this weekend in NY, LA, ATL, DC and Philly. So many women - a disproportionate number of them African American women - have to cope with a spouse in jail. This movie, 'Middle of Nowhere,' poignantly represents all the drama and feelings involved. I saw the film and was so moved by it. I think you will be too."
Participant Media, which is distributing the film along with DuVernay's African-American Film Festival Releasing Movement, is trying to start some Academy Award buzz on its own. The studio allowed Oscar-voting members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences to see the film free at a theater in New York and two in Los Angeles.
There were two significant expansions this weekend.
Summit had "Perks of Being a Wallflower" in 725 locations, up from 221. The film, starring Emma Watson, averaged $2,983 per screen and brought in $2.1 million to finish No. 10 overall and raise its overall gross to $6.1 million after four weeks.
Millenium Entertainment jumped "The Paperboy" into 49 screens, where it grossed $103,995. That's a soft $2,122 per-sceen average for the Lee Daniels-directed erotic thriller starring Matthew McConaughey, Zac Efron, John Cusack and Nicole Kidman.
Around-the-World Roundup: "Taken 2" Crushes Predecessor, "Ted" Sets New Record
Taken 2 easily took the top spot at the overseas box office for the second-straight weekend, and has already made significantly more than its predecessor. Meanwhile, Ted reached its latest milestone, while tsunami drama The Impossible got off to an incredible start in Spain.
Taken 2 added $44.2 million this weekend, and including Monday's grosses it has already made $134.8 million at the overseas box office. That's $53 million above the $81.8 million that the original Taken made in its entire run. Worldwide, Taken 2 has already earned $222.6 million, and will pass the first movie's $226.8 million total on Tuesday or Wednesday.
The top market was the U.K., where the thriller took first place again with $6 million. That was followed by China with $4 million, Australia with $2.6 million, and Mexico with $1.7 million. Its biggest opening came in Italy, where it debuted in fourth place with an underwhelming $1.3 million.
Ted grossed $14.4 million in 43 markets this weekend for a new foreign total of $251 million. That makes it Universal Pictures International's number one movie this year ahead of Snow White and the Huntsman ($241.3 million) and Battleship ($237.6 million), both of which are big budget, effects-driven movies that had guaranteed overseas appeal.
Worldwide, Ted has now earned $469 million, which makes it the highest-grossing original R-rated comedy ahead of the first Hangover's $467.5 million. With openings in Malaysia, India, Venezuela and Japan on the way, Ted will ultimately wind up above $500 million.
Hotel Transylvania had its best foreign weekend yet with $14.1 million. It bounced to $4.3 million in Brazil thanks in part to a national holiday there on Friday, and it also had a fine $2.8 million debut in the U.K. To date, the Sony Pictures Animation movie has earned $49.6 million in foreign markets.
A full two months ahead of its opening in the U.S., The Impossible scored $13.3 million (including previews) from 638 screens in Spain this weekend. According to distributor Warner Bros. International, this is the highest debut ever in Spain, and part of the credit here has to go to Spanish director J.A. Bayona.
Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted extended its phenomenal overseas run this weekend with a $10.3 million haul. Most of that came from Germany, where the movie dipped just 27 percent to $6.3 million. The three-quel's overseas total reached $465.2 million, and worldwide it's at $681.6 million. With a big U.K. opening on the schedule this weekend, Madagascar 3 should be over $700 million by Sunday.
Outside of China and Russia, where figures aren't available, Looper earned $8.5 million this weekend. Combining the reporting markets with extrapolations from some available data in China and Russia suggests that Looper has already earned around $75 million overseas, and will likely wind up over $100 million before the end of its run.
Frankenweenie began its overseas roll-out in earnest this weekend to modest results: the movie grossed $4.9 million from nine markets for an early total of $5.3 million. It took third place in Mexico with $1.66 million and fourth place in Spain with $1.06 million, while it tanked in eighth place in South Korea with just $237,000.
Next weekend, Paranormal Activity 4 is set to open in at least 24 markets including Australia, Germany, Russia, Spain and the U.K.
When I saw the numbers this morning, I literally said "whoa" outloud when I saw the Argo number. It's on track for a 7% drop! That's crazy. Talk about word of mouth. With that, it's almost definitely going to hit $100 million.
1. Paranormal Activity 4 - $30.2 million 2. Argo - $16.625 million 3. Hotel Transylvania - $13.5 million 4. Taken 2 - $13.4 million 5. Alex Cross - $11.75 million 6. Sinister - $9.03 million 7. Here Comes the Boom - $8.5 million 8. Pitch Perfect - $7 million 9. Frankenweenie - $4.434 million 10. Looper - $4.2 million 11. Seven Psychopaths - $3.305 million 12. The Perks of Being a Wallflower - $2.15 million
While domestic interest for Paranormal Activity is fading, it's never been higher overseas. The fourth installment in the franchise debuted to $26.4 million this weekend, which is up an average of 11 percent over its predecessor. That movie closed with $103 million, which is a good target for Paranormal Activity 4.
The movie's top market was the U.K. with a $4.1 million five-day start, though that was only good for second place there. It was also runner-up in Russia with $3.9 million, while it took first place in Australia ($3.7 million), Germany ($3.3 million), Mexico ($2.2 million) and Brazil ($1.7 million). Probably the biggest letdown came in Spain, where the movie wound up in fourth place with less than $1 million. Paranormal Activity 4 expands in to South Korea, India and a handful of other markets.
International hit Taken 2 added $24.9 million from 65 markets this weekend. Its best territory was once again the U.K., where it grossed $3.7 million for a strong total of $30.1 million. The action sequel has now earned $176.5 million (more than double its predecessor's total) and its worldwide figure reached $281 million.
Hotel Transylvania took in $15.3 million in 38 territories for a total of $69 million. Its biggest opening came in Russia, where it debuted in first place with over $6.1 million. Star Adam Sandler's highest-grossing movie overseas is currently Just Go With It with $111.9 million, which is a total that seems within range at this point for Hotel Transylvania.
Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted reached its final major market this weekend, and also hit what should be its last significant milestone. The three-quel added $14.7 million, with $9.7 million (including previews) coming from a first place debut in the U.K. Including its Monday grosses, Madagascar 3 has now earned $484.1 million overseas, which pushes its worldwide total just north of $700 million. That makes it Dreamworks Animation's first non-Shrek movie to ever reach that level.
Foreign sequel Asterix et Obelix: Au service de Sa Majeste made a splash this weekend with at least $12.7 million from 13 markets. Most of that revenue came from France, where it scored a huge $9.3 million.
After its record-setting debut last weekend, The Impossible eased 22 percent to once again take first place in Spain with $9 million. That's the second-best second weekend ever there behind Avatar, and the movie is already the highest-grossing movie of the year in Spain with $26 million.
In a handful of smaller markets, Argo debuted to $1.2 million. It's in line for much higher grosses next weekend when it opens in Spain, Australia and Japan; the movie then expands in to France, Germany, Italy, Russia, Brazil, Mexico and the U.K. in early November.
1. Argo - $12.355 million 2. Hotel Translyvania - $9.5 million 3. Cloud Atlas - $9.4 million 4. Paranormal Activity 4 - $8.675 million 5. Taken 2 - $8 million 6. Silent Hill: Revelation - $8 million 7. Here Comes the Boom - $5.5 million 8. Sinister - $5.07 million 9. Alex Cross - $5.05 million 10. Fun Size - $4.06 million 11. Pitch Perfect - $3.978 million 12. Chasing Mavericks - $2.2 million
'Argo' is proving it has legs at the box office, and I love it. At this point, it's a guaranteed Oscar nominee for Best Picture, Director, Editing, and Screenplay, with more to come than that I'm sure. I have no doubts about it.