April 30, 2012


>The Hunger Games has moved up to $229 million overseas (up from $216 million last week).  The film is probably headed for a worldwide total of $660 million, including our newly revised forecast of $399 million domestic.  Click “read more” to see the updated weekly worldwide table.     

Arriving in North America Friday, The Avengers (from Disney and Marvel) opened with a stunning $178.4 million in a reported 39 overseas territories this week.  Read more about the overseas opening of The Avengers here.   And opening May 18 in the US and Canada, Battleship (from Universal) has now grossed $170 million overseas (up from the $130 million international through last week).  South Korea ($12.8 million so far) and Japan ($9.3 million so far) are among the strongest territories to date, along with Russia ($11.2 million) and the English-speaking United Kingdom ($9.8 million) and Australia ($7.8 million).  Both of these films will begin tracking on our worldwide chart after their domestic bows.     

Titanic 3D continues to do very well internationally, now at $261 million overseas to date (up from $225 million overseas last week).

Among this weekend’s North America openers, only The Pirates! Band of Misfits will make much an impact overseas.  The animated film from Sony has already grossed $63.6 million to date, led by $22.7 million from the United Kingdom, where it opened almost exactly one month ago (March 30).  Remember, we expect Pirates! to gross only $42 million domestic — so if the international number can approach $100 million, the film moves into the black after marketing and production.     

In contrast, Five-Year Engagement, Safe and The Raven should have extremely limited potential overseas to go along with their low domestic tallies.  

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.