August 16, 2011


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Written by: Mitch Metcalf
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>International box office results show that Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 continues to surge: its overseas gross to date is now over $850 million and its estimated worldwide total exceeds $1.2 billion.  Rise of the Planet of the Apes now stands at #14, but it is just getting started overseas.  It is probably headed for the top 10 with something like $400 million worldwide.  And The Smurfs has risen to #12, probably destined for #9 or #10 ultimately. 

The chart below has been expanded to the Top 25 worldwide films of 2011 (out of 81 films released so far this year).  The estimated final domestic box office for the 81 films is $6.3 billion, with $7.5 billion overseas to date and $13.8 billion worldwide.   In the chart, the top 5 films average about $900 million worldwide each (think of this as the billion dollar club), the next five films (#6-10) average almost $500 million, and the next five films (#11-15) average a little more than $250 million worldwide each.  This indicates the top-loaded nature of these rankings, with spots #35-81 all under $100 million worldwide.  
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About the Author

Mitch Metcalf
MITCH METCALF has been tracking every US film release of over 500 screens (over 2300 movies and counting) since the storied weekend of May 20, 1994, when Maverick and Beverly Hills Cop 3 inspired countless aficionados to devote their lives to the art of cinema. Prior to that, he studied Politics and Economics at Princeton in order to prepare for his dream of working in television. He has been Head of West Coast Research at ABC, then moved to NBC in 2000 and became Head of Scheduling for 11 years.