April 16, 2012


>The Hunger Games continues its march around the world, now up to $194 million overseas.  This number is driven by $24.1 million so far from the United Kingdom, $22.0 million from Australia, $13.9 million from Germany, $12.9 million from Russia, $10.4 million from Mexico and $9.1 million from France.  No numbers yet from Japan, suggesting continued upside for the Lionsgate hit and franchise-starter.   

Titanic 3D jumped up to $146 million overseas to date, thanks mostly to a $58.0 million opening in China this week, where censors found it necessary to remove brief shots of nudity.  The original release of Titanic in China grossed a total of $43.9 million.  The other top-performing territories so far for the re-release: Russia with $5.2 million, United Kingdom with $4.5 million, France with $3.3 million, Italy with $3.1 million  and Germany with $2.9 million.

Battleship (from Universal) opened to $58 million in foreign territories this week, six weeks ahead of the May 18 U.S. release.  When individual grosses from key markets are available, we will add them.   

This weekend’s North America openers (Three Stooges, Cabin in the Woods and Lockout) have no overseas receipts so far and should have little impact overseas in coming weeks. 

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.