By Sterling Wong
Warner Bros.’ Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows continued its dominance of the international box office in the new year, staying at No. 1 for a second consecutive week. The Robert Downey Jr. vehicle earned $27.4M from 57 markets, which lifted its overseas total to $222M.
The film debuted on top in Brazil ($3.3M from 429 screens) and in Argentina and also held on atop the Australian box office ($3.4M from 386 sites). According to Warner Bros., the sequel is currently running 13% ahead of 2009’s Sherlock Holmes at the same point in release.
Meanwhile, falling a decent 39% was Paramount’s Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol, which took in $16.8M from 5,847 locations in 58 markets. The Tom Cruise action flick has now earned an impressive $320M overseas, and will cross $400M at the end of its run.
The film, director Brad Bird’s first foray into live-action movies, held strong in Korea ($2.9M, down 33%), Japan ($2.6M, down 39% and also No. 1 for a fifth consecutive week), the UK and Ireland ($2.2M, down 35%) and Brazil ($1.0M, down 40%). Markets still to open at the end of the month include China, Italy and Scandinavia.
Plunging a steep 52% is Fox’s Alvin & the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked, which earned $14.4M from 6,527 screens in 64 markets. The animated flick’s international cume is $154.1M.
The David Fincher interpretation of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo is enjoying a leggy run much like its domestic fortunes. The film grossed $16.5M this weekend, an uptick of 31%, bringing the international total to $49.7M.
Puss in Boots added two new markets and grossed $14.6M from 5,679 screens in 56 markets, which brings its total to $331.7M.
In Korea, the Paramount movie debuted at No. 1 with $5.3M from 800 venues, which was 246% bigger than Cars 2. The Antonio Bandera-voiced Shrek spinoff also recorded the all-time biggest Dreamworks Animation opening in Turkey with $757K from 185 screens. Next weekend, the feline film will land in Hong Kong.
2012’s first box office phenomenon, Fox’s The Darkest Hour, opened in 26 new markets, and grossed $9.6M from 4,284 screens in 57 markets, up 71% from last weekend. Strong No. 1 openings in Mexico, Hong Kong, the Netherlands and Bolivia propelled the horror flick to a $28.8M international total for now.
Expanding to eight new markets, Disney’s War Horse grossed an estimated $8.5M in 12 territories that represented 29% of the international market. The Steven Spielberg film’s overseas total now stands at $17.3M.
The Muppets added five big markets, and jumped a massive 400% to gross $3.5M this weekend in 22 markets that accounted for 40% of the market. The Disney production’s present overseas cume is $15M.
Despite adding two new markets, Paramount’s Hugo fell 17%, grossing $2.4M from 973 screens in five territories. The Scorsese film has earned $8.1M overseas thus far.
Also grossing $2.4M, but only in one market, was Fox’s The Descendants, which bowed on 233 screens in Australia. This opening weekend was 32% higher than Up in the Air’s was.
The family film opened in Australia, where it grossed $1.7M from 210 screens, and in New Zealand, where it took in $126K from 51 locales. Paramount will be hoping that the likely Oscar nominations for Scorsese and the movie will provide much-needed legs for the expensive movie.
Universal’s Contraband kicked off its international run in six small territories (Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam, Bulgaria, Slovenia) and Russia and earned an estimated $1.5M at 479 dates in these 7 markets.
Fox’s We Bought a Zoo also took in $1.5M from 1,046 screens in 14 markets. With the majority of big international markets yet to open, the Cameron Crowe comeback vehicle’s overseas cume is $16.5M for now.
The Adventures of Tintin dropped a steep 46% this week in the 13 Paramount-distributed markets to earn $1.4M. In this markets, the Spielberg-directed motion-capture film has cumed $72.7M to date.
Tower Heist continued to chug along, grossing an estimated $1M at 385 dates in 18 territories this weekend for an international total of $63.2M. The Ben Stiller movie is still to open in six markets, including Argentina on Jan. 19.
More grosses coming soon
Contraband: 2,863 (NEW)
Joyful Noise: 2,735 (NEW)
Beauty and the Beast 3D: 2,625 (NEW)
Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol: 3,346 (-209)
Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows: 3,155 (-488)
We Bought a Zoo: 2,909 (-261)
War Horse: 2,856 (+73)
Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked: 2,849 (-576)
The Girl with Dragon Tattoo: 2,674 (-274)
The Devil Inside: 2,551 (+266)
The Adventures of Tintin: 2,073 (-933)
The Darkest Hour: 1,182 (-981)
New Year's Eve: 1,092 (-772)
Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy: 886 (+77)
The Iron Lady: 802 (+797)