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International Box Office: ‘The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo’ Draws a $8.3M Punch on January 01, 2012

By Sterling Wong


Sony’s The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo might have underwhelmed at the North American box office, but like its Swedish predecessor, the David Fincher adaptation of the bestselling book is aiming for a strong international cume. The film opened in the U.K. and five other smaller markets and collected $8.3M overall from 1,540 sites in 14 markets. 

In its first full week of release across the Atlantic, the Rooney Mara and David Craig-toplined thriller grossed $6.7M from 920 screens, a take that already surpasses the $2.34M total that the version starring Naomi Rapace earned. With $12.2M cumed internationally so far, Sony will be hoping that the American release will eventually improve on the original’s impressive $94.29M overseas total.

Alvin & the Chipmunk: Chipwrecked was clearly the kiddie movie of choice this holiday season. The Fox release gnawed its way to a robust $24.35M weekend from 6,764 screens in 57 territories. The figure represents a 48 percent jump from Christmas weekend, and brings the sequel’s international cume to $81M.

The family-friendly movie opened strongly in Sweden ($2.1M from 200 screens), Norway ($1.5M from 125), Peru ($579K from 121) and Australia, where it enjoyed an outstanding opening Sunday of $1.4M from 366 screens. This week, Fox brings the movie to Italy (Jan 3), Argentina (Jan 5) and Brazil (Jan 6). 

Fox’s We Bought a Zoo grossed $5.2M from 1,413 screens in 13 markets. The Matt Damon-led family film opened in 7 new markets this weekend, including Australia, where it earned a one-week total of $3.1M from 279 locations since its Boxing Day release. With $7.8M already in the bank, Cameron Crowe’s comeback vehicle looks set to overtake Elizabethtown’s $25.2M international take by the end of its run. 

Beginning its assault on the global box office this week was Disney’s War Horse. The second of two Steven Spielberg releases this holiday season trotted home with a six-day total of $4M from just two markets that represent 7 percent of the international market. The film begins what the studio will hope to be a leggy run as the buildup to the Oscars continues.

Sony’s holiday offering, Arthur Christmas, took in $3.5M from 3,930 screens in 74 territories for an international total of $96.9M. 

Horror flick The Darkest Hour, scared up a modest $3.4M from 2,111 screens in 16 markets. The critically-reviled horror flick did enjoy strong openings in Malaysia ($854K from 150 screens) and Singapore ($477K from 44). Next week, the movie will premiere in 17 markets, including Korea, Belgium, Sweden and Taiwan.

In its sixth week of release, Disney’s The Muppets earned $500K from 13 markets, bringing its international total to $9.3M.

Fox’s In Time banks another $1.3M from 1,006 screens in 13 markets, bringing its international cume to $103.5M and confirming Justin Timberlake as a ticket seller overseas. 

More grosses coming soon…


2011's Total Domestic Box Office Falls Short of 2010's Tally on December 29, 2011

2011yearlyend.pngMost exhibitors will tell you that the movie business is cyclical. With that in mind, there's no reason to panic about 2011 being a down year at the domestic box office.

2011 was behind in a big way from the very beginning. 2010 benefited immensely from the fact that Avatar, a film released in December 2009, made more than $380 million during the calendar year. Since an Avatar-level blockbuster doesn't happen every year, it's no surprise that 2011 simply wasn't able to catch up.

While there were plenty of duds released in 2011, it's unfair to label a year that produced three billion-dollar worldwide hitsPirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, Transformers: Dark of the Moon and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2as a complete disappointment.

Without further ado, here are the estimated stats:

January 1 - December 31, 2011: $10,180,000,000
January 1 - December 31, 2010: $10,570,500,000
Total Decrease:
$390,500,000, -3.7%

Estimated Attendance Decrease: 4.5%

Additional reporting by Daniel Garris



New Trailer: 'Prometheus' on December 22, 2011

'The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo' Grabs $1.6 Million From Tuesday/Midnight Shows on December 21, 2011

girlwithdragontattooreview.pngSony is reporting that The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo was able to take in $1.6 million from Tuesday afternoon/midnight screenings at approximately 2,600 locations. That's pretty impressive considering that some theaters could only fit in two shows of the 158-minute film.

Word of mouth is strong thanks to an A rating across the board from CinemaScore and an 84% approval rating from more than 22,000 Flixster users.

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