Foreign Box Office: 'Django Unchained' Retains No. 1 Spot, Flying Past 100-Million Mark
Foreign Box Office: 'Django Unchained' Remains No. 1, But 'A Good Day To Die Hard' Steals Weekend
As Academy Award contenders fanned out overseas, Oscar-related films commanded the foreign theatrical circuit over the weekend with Quentin Tarantino’s Django Unchained leading the pack for the second consecutive round -- grossing $42.9 million at 6,490 screens in 64 markets, and elevating the film’s international cume past the $100-mllion mark ($111.5 million).
Unchained ranked No. 1 in at least 17 markets despite harsh winter weather in much of Europe. For the second straight round the biggest single market remained Germany where the film retained the No. 1 spot with a mighty $8.1 million drawn from 812 locations, down a mere 11% from the opening round.
Per Sony, the Germany market cume ($21 million) has already matched the total market take of the director’s 2009 war drama Inglourious Basterds (which generated slightly more than $200 million in total overseas box office, about 60% of its worldwide gross).
The action western costarring Jamie Foxx, Christoph Waltz (a Vienna native) and Leonardo Di Caprio, adorned with five Oscar nominations, remained No. 1 in France ($6.59 million from 645 spots, cume $16.4 million) while a No. 1 opening in Australia delivered $4.2 million at 330 sites, a third bigger than the market opening of Basterds.
A sensational China bow catapulted Skyfall back into the top rungs after nearly four months of overseas playtime. The Sony/MGM release of the James Bond sequel, which possesses five Oscar nominations, grossed $34.4 million in its first full frame at 8,079 China venues. On 100 IMAX screens, the gross was $2.5 million.
Marginal returns from a ninth round in Australia plus playtime in 29 other markets pushed the weekend total to $35.4 million from 9,110 locations. Skyfall’s foreign cume is now $776.5 million, making the 007 sequel the sixth biggest overseas grosser of all time.
Introducing itself to an expanded foreign audience in its second weekend of overseas play, Steven Spielberg’s historical epic Lincoln with its dozen Oscar nominations drew $10.7 million from 2,596 locations in 22 markets, lifting the Twentieth Century Fox release’s early overseas cume to $14.7 million.
Top debut markets were the U.K. (No. 3 with $2.8 million from 511 spots for a nearly $5,500 per screen average) and Italy (No. 2 with $2.7 million at 421 situations for a nearly $6,500 per screen average). Fox opens Lincoln in 22 markets this week, including France and Holland.
Fox’s release of Ang Lee’s Life of Pi with its 11 Oscar nominations flew past the $400-million overseas gross mark ($422.4 million) thanks to a $17.6 million weekend at 6,566 spots in 60 markets. The film’s Japan opening registered a smashing $4.6 million at 713 locations. Pi continues its renumerative foreign journey that will conclude in Venezuela on Feb. 8.
Director Kathryn Bigelow’s controversial Zero Dark Thirty, about the hunt for Osama Bin Laden, also enlarged its foreign footprint via Universal, which is handling the film in many overseas markets. A No. 4 U.K. debut at 433 playdates drew $1.6 million, the biggest market opening gross for a Bigelow title. In France, Zero generated $1.5 million at 286 locations, sufficient for a second-place market ranking.