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By Sterling Wong
Puss in Boots leaped to the top of the international box office chart this weekend, grossing a robust $45.6M from 5,911 locations in 42 markets. The Paramount-distributed film has now earned an international total of $142.3M.
The Shrek spinoff opened in 16 new territories this weekend, including No. 1 debuts in Germany, Brazil, Australia and the UK & Ireland. In Germany, the film bowed to $7.2M from 680 locales, which was 6% ahead of Kung Fu Panda 2's bow, 28% more than Despicable Me's, and 125% better than Shrek Forever After's. In Argentina, the film produced the fourth highest all-time opening gross, topping the box office there with an excellent $2.7M from 124 locations.
Finally relinquishing its stranglehold on the international box office, Summit's The Twilight Sage: Breaking Dawn - Part 1 earned an estimated $19.8M from 73 markets and 7,800 playdates. The film did not open in new markets this weekend, and hold had to rely on holdover business. In Germany, the film was solid at No. 2 with $3M from 753 locations, placing it behind only Puss in Boots' opening frame. The penultimate Twilight film has wooed its way to an incredible $374M internationally, and it is still to open in Hong Kong (Dec. 22) and Japan (Feb. 25).
Coming in at No. 3 was Sony's Arthur Christmas. The 3D animation flick collected $14.3M from 7,460 locations in 63 markets, thanks in large part to a $3.3M runner-up opening in Russia from 732 screens. The Aardman Animations production's international cume is now $57.5 million, and it should enjoy strong legs in the next two weeks leading up to Christmas.
While it came on top domestically, Warner Bros' New Year's Eve was fourth with $12.85M from approximately 2,765 screens in 38 markets. In Australia, the ensemble piece bowed with $2.8m. In the UK and Germany, the film earned $2.5M and $1.8M respectively, while Brazil contributed with $715K. Next up, the film will open in Mexico (Dec. 16), France (Dec. 21), Italy, Spain, Japan (Dec. 23) and Russia (Jan. 12).
Another Warner Bros property, Happy Feet Two, grossed $10.1M from 6,830 screens in 47 markets, bringing the international cume to date to $49.2M. The sequel premiered with an estimated €854K ($1.1M), including previews, in France. Australia will be the next new market where the film will open the day after Christmas.
Fox's In Time grossed $5.9M from 2,046 screens in 34 markets, which brings the film's international cume up to an impressive $91.5M. The film displayed strong legs in its second week of release in Germany ($1.9M, down only 22%), Spain ($1.2M, down only 39%), Austria ($267K, down only 21%), Argentina ($150K, down only 22%), and Poland ($150K, down only 24%). With Japan still to open in February next year, the film should inch past the $100M mark overseas.
Universal's Tower Heist took in $2.9M at 2,200 dates in 45 territories this weekend to raise the international total to $47M. The film opened in Mexico at No. 3 with $775K at 358 dates. Ben Stiller and co. have 9 territories to take over, including Brazil on Dec. 16 and Australia on Dec. 26.
The Spielberg-directed The Adventures of Tintin journeyed its way to $1.4M for Paramount from 1,996 locations in nine markets. In these nine Paramount-distributed international markets, the motion-capture film has grossed $52.7M thus far.
In its third weekend of release, Disney's The Muppets garnered an estimated $1.2M in seven markets for an international cume of $5.8 million.
Fuga De Cerebros 2, a local Universal acquisition, continued to perform strongly in Spain, holding at No. 3 with $1M in its second weekend. The filming, playing at 320 dates, has now grossed $4.9M in ten days.