Foreign Box Office: 'Breaking Dawn - Part 2' Sags But Still No. 1; $80 Million Shy of Overseas Franchise Record
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Although dropping 51 percent from its opening-round gross, The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn -- Part 2 still monopolized the foreign theatrical circuit for the second consecutive weekend, drawing $97.5 million from some 13,500 locations in 73 overseas territories.
The fifth and final title based on Stephenie Meyer’s series of novels about a young woman (Kristen Stewart) in love with a vampire (Robert Pattinson) has blasted its way to a total international tally of $350.8 million, about $80 million less than the franchise’s all-time offshore box-office champ, last year’s The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn -- Part 1 ($430.9 million).
Breaking Dawn Part 2 -- held the top spot in most major markets, although it dropped to No. 2 in Australia (thanks to the debut of Skyfall) and in Russia (bumped by the opening of Rise of the Guardians) and No. 3 in South Korea (finishing third after a pair of local-language titles).
A Germany opening generated $15.2 million at 765 sites – a market record for a Twilight title – while an Austria debut contributed $1.8 million and a premiere in German-speaking Switzerland came up with $1.5 million.
Lionsgate International, which is handling foreign distribution of the Summit Entertainment co-production, said Breaking Dawn -- Part 2’s mighty action helped lift the distributor’s 2012 total foreign box office past the $1 billion mark.
Finishing No. 2 was Sony/MGM’s Skyfall, the 23rd installment of the James Bond franchise, which collected $41.3 million from 7,975 spots in 60 markets handled by Sony. Results from territories handled by licensees of co-distributor MGM were “not current available” on Sunday.
The third outing starring Daniel Craig as 007 collected a total foreign gross of $507.6 million via both Sony/MGM through Nov. 18. (Sony has so far collected about 86 percent of Skyfall’s foreign revenue.) The film's current international gross total is estimated to be at least $568 million.
In its Australia opening, Skyfall generated $12.5 million at 597 sites for a per-screen average of $21,000, said Sony. In New Zealand, it drew a 65 percent share of the market’s total weekend gross with $1.68 million at 111 spots.
Lighting up the foreign circuit was Twentieth Century Fox’s release of Life of Pi, the film version of Yann Martel’s novel about a young castaway and a Bengal tiger. Directed by Taiwanese-born Ang Lee, the Fox 2000 co-production opened at No. 1 in China ($10.5 million at 4,500 spots), Taiwan ($2.2 million at 165 locations), Hong Kong ($1.4 million at 96 situations) and India ($3.4 million at 697 sites).
Overall on the weekend, in its opening offshore launch, Life of Pi grossed $17.5 million at 5,458 locations in the four markets. IMAX said the film tallied $3 million on 97 IMAX screens in China, Hong Kong and Taiwan, for a per-screen average of more than $30,000.
In its second round on the foreign circuit, DreamWorks Animation’s Rise of the Guardians opened in eight markets, grossing $10 million from 3,869 cinemas and lifting its very early offshore cume to $13.5 million.
The Paramount release, a $145 million fantasy title featuring the voices of Alec Baldwin and Hugh Jackman, premiered No. 1 in Russia with $5.85 million elicited from some 800 locations. Guardians takes off in some 50 markets this week including Germany, Italy, France, Spain, Brazil, Mexico and South Korea.