December 5, 2011

BIJOU BOXOFFICE: Early International Report – 11/4/11

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Written by: Mitch Salem
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The Hollywood Reporter has some early numbers for the weekend’s overseas boxoffice.  (Remember:  comparisons of international boxoffice receipts aren’t necessarily apples-to-apples, as films follow different distribution patterns with respect to number and size of markets.)  As in the US, BREAKING DAWN PART 1 is in the lead, with a projected $40M from 73 territories (that pretty much covers the entire world), bringing its overseas total to $341M.  It seems to be on track to match New Moon‘s $416M international gross.

PUSS IN BOOTS, now in 26 territories, grossed $23M for an $89M overseas total.  HAPPY FEET TWO, in 40 territories, made $16M, bringing it to $34M overseas.  ARTHUR CHRISTMAS is now in 52 markets, and was only able to reach $11M for the weekend
THE ADVENTURES OF TINTIN, which doesn’t open in the US for 3 more weeks, is already trailing off in its international run, with $10M in 54 markets giving it an international total of $221M.
It’s worth noting that IN TIME, the Justin Timberlake/Amanda Seyfried vehicle that could only struggle to $36M in the US, has already grossed an additional $83M overseas, turning a flop into a picture that should at least break even.  Similarly, the much more expensive REAL STEEL, a disappointing $83M grosser in the US, has more than doubled that to $176M overseas.  However, TOWER HEIST, not unusually for US comedies, isn’t hitting the mark overseas–with only a few territories still to open, it has just $43M overseas compared to $71M domestically.
Stay with SHOWBUZZDAILY for updated boxoffice numbers and analysis!

About the Author

Mitch Salem
MITCH SALEM has worked on the business side of the entertainment industry for 20 years, as a senior business affairs executive and attorney for such companies as NBC, ABC, USA, Syfy, Bravo, and BermanBraun Productions, and before that, at the NY law firm of Weil, Gotshal & Manges. During all that, he has more or less constantly been going to the movies and watching TV, and writing about both since the 1980s. His film reviews also currently appear on and In addition, he is co-writer of an episode of the television series "Felicity."