Foreign Box Office: 'Django Unchained' Still Atop Anemic Overseas Circuit, No. 1 For Third Straight Weekend
Foreign Box Office: 'Django Unchained' Remains No. 1, But 'A Good Day To Die Hard' Steals Weekend
Oscar-related films continued to dominate an anemic foreign theatrical circuit over the weekend with Quentin Tarantino’s Django Unchained leading the pack for the third consecutive round, grossing $30.6 million at 6,060 screens in 65 markets and boosting the film’s international cume to $158.2 million.
20th Century Fox’s release of Steven Spielberg’s historical epic Lincoln with its dozen Oscar nominations expanded its foreign run by more than 20 territories, and drew $13 million from 3,510 situations in 43 markets. Top market was France where the opener threw off $2.8 million at 312 sites. With openings in seven markets due this week, Lincoln’s foreign gross total stands at $32.7 million.
Fox’s Life of Pi pulled $10.1 million from 5,224 situations in 48 territories, lifting its foreign cume to $443.5 million. Director Ang Lee’s adaptation of Yann Martel’s novel now ranks as Fox’s ninth biggest foreign grosser.
Director Kathryn Bigelow’s controversial Zero Dark Thirty, about the hunt for Osama Bin Laden, also enlarged its foreign footprint via Universal and other distributors. Weekend take was $3.7 million at 1,400 playdates in eight markets handled by Universal. A Germany opening at No. 8 drew $892,000 at 296 sites. The film also opened No. 4 in Australia via Icon. Total foreign gross so far from all distributors is estimated at $25 million.
Silver Linings Playbook, director David O. Russell’s comedy-drama being handled by myriad local distributors oversees, opened No. 4 in France via Studio Canal at some 255 locations, grossing an estimated $2 million, while a No. 2 debut in Australia via Roadshow generated about $3 million at 233 spots. The Weinstein Co. coproduction has eight Oscar nominations including a best-picture nod as well as nominations for costars Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence.
Unchained maintained its No. 1 rank in at least 10 territories, and for the third straight weekend the biggest single market remained Germany ($6.35 million drawn from 865 locations, down only about 20% from the prior round; market cume, $29.8 million).
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 (cume $22.8 million), Australia, Italy, Spain, Switzerland, Austria, Sweden, Belgium and New Zealand.
Premiering No. 1 in six of 17 new markets was Hansel and Gretel: The Witch Hunters, Paramount/MGM’s 3D co-production distributed overseas in most territories by the former. With Jeremy Renner and Gemma Arterton portraying the title pair as bounty hunters, the film drew $15.3 million from 3,250 cinemas in 37 markets, bringing the action title’s foreign cume to $62.5 million over three stanzas.
Top markets remained Brazil ($2.75 million drawn in the second round at 367 sites for a local cume of $10.3 million) and Mexico ($2.2 million in second stanza at 570 locations for a market cume of $7.5 million). Hansel and Gretel opens in six territories this week including Australia.
Poised to cross the $200-million foreign box office mark on Monday is Universal’s Les Miserables, which nabbed $12.2 million on the weekend at 2,665 venues in 40 territories. The foreign cume currently stands at $198.4 million. (Worldwide, it has grossed just under $340 million.)