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By Sterling Wong
Extending its global dominance for the third weekend in a row, Summit's The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1 was No. 1 internationally with an estimated $40.2M from some 9,000 playdates in 73 markets. The penultimate film in the blockbuster franchise has now earned $341M internationally.
The film opened this week in South Korea, where it topped the box office chart with an estimated 493K admissions or 3.5B KRW ($3.2M USD) and an estimated 4.9B KRW (~$4.27M USD) from 698K admissions, including previews. The film has also had a strong showing in Europe, taking in thus far $43.4M in the UK, $26M from France, $22.4M from Germany, $21.7M from Spain and $20.2M from Italy.
Paramount's Puss in Boots earned an estimated $23M from 2,740 locales in 26 territories this weekend. The 3D toon has now earned $89.2M internationally. The film bowed in 13 markets this week, with the largest opening coming from France, where it purred its way to a strong $8.1M from 671 venues -- 2% more than Kung Fu Panda 2's bow and 19% ahead of Smurfs 3D.
Another children-themed movie, Warner Bros.' Happy Feet Two, took in an estimated $16.3M from 7,000 screens in 40 markets. The penguin movie's international cume to date is now a slightly underwhelming $34M.
Completing a trio of family movies, Sony's Arthur Christmas grossed $11.4 million from 53 markets for a pleasing international total of $45.3 million and global cume of $60.1 million.
The Fox-distributed In Time grossed $9.6M from 3,680 screens in 45 markets, bringing its international total to $82.6M. The film opened strongly in Germany ($2.7M from 414), Spain ($2M from 350) and Austria ($368K from 69) and held well in France ($1.8m from 328, down only 39%), Belgium ($250K from 55, down only 30%) and Finland ($57K from 34, down only 26%). The film is still to open in Japan (February 17, 2012) and Italy (March 2, 2012).
Universal's Tower Heist grossed an estimated $4M at 2,500 dates in 45 territories, raising the international cume to $42.5M. Opening in Peru, the film opened with an estimated $176k at 39 dates. In Russia, the film remained at No. 3 with an estimated $1.5M at 411 dates, down 47% for an 11- day total of $5.2M. The film will open in 10 more territories, including Mexico on Dec. 9 and Australia on Dec. 26.
Meanwhile, Paramount's The Adventures of Tintin took in $2.8M from 7,723 locations across nine territories, bringing its international cume to $50.6 million. The Steven Spielberg-directed movie opened with a solid $3.1 million from 343 locales in Japan, which was 140% ahead of Shrek Forever After (Sat-Tues) and in line with Kung Fu Panda 2 (Fri-Mon).
Fuga De Cerebros 2, a Universal acquisition, opened at No. 3 in Spain, grossing an estimated $2.3 at 345 dates. The gross is 39% bigger than the first Fuga, and Fuga 2 is also the 2nd biggest opening for a local film in Spain this year.
Disney's The Muppets earned $1.8 million from three markets for an early international total of $4 million and worldwide gross of $60.1 million.