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Journey 2 ventures to top of int'l chart

Warner Bros. Pictures International’s Journey 2: The Mysterious Island passed the $100m worldwide after adding a further $25.5m for a current overseas haul of $74.7m.

Journey 2 is active in 29 markets in over 8,000 sites and was propelled by strong openings in China ($9.5m) and Russia ($7.2m). The sequel is halfway to its predecessor’s $140.3m and opens in Spain, among others, this weekend.

Sherlock Holmes: A Game Of Shadows has now surpassed the original’s $315m final international haul and stands at $320m.

  • The 3D re-release of Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace debuted with $20.5m through Fox International in 61 markets from just over 5,000 sites.

Germany proved its best market, notching $3.7m for second place, with the UK and France adding $2.3m and $2.2m respectively. It opens in Argentina next weekend, with a Japan release to follow in March.

The Descendants suffered minimal drops on its way to a further $7.8m from 43 markets for an excellent $57.1m so far.

Sci-fi Chronicle held strongly as well after a $6.1m weekend saw it to an early $23.4m. Biggest markets are the UK ($6.4m), Australia ($5.6m) and Russia ($3.5m) with openings to come in the likes of Argentina (Feb 16), France (Feb 22) and Spain (March 2).

Threequel Alvin And The Chipmunks: Chipwrecked passed the 5m admissions mark in Brazil and now has tallied $193.5m internationally.

  • A further $11.8m from over 4,500 sites was added by Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol for Paramount Pictures International. The latest instalment in the spy franchise has now grossed an excellent $446.9m.

DreamWorks Animation’s Puss In Boots has swashbuckled its way to $373.9m after a $4.6m weekend and is still active in 42 markets.

Horror The Devil Inside opened top in Belgium and third in the Netherlands for an overall weekend of $2.8m to stand at an early $7.9m.

  • After a $39.3m second place bow in the US, Safe House enjoyed a solid opening overseas through Universal Pictures International, taking $10.2m from 25 markets.

A $3m debut in Australia was the highlight for the action-thriller starring Denzel Washington and Ryan Reynolds. It expands into a further nine markets this weekend.

Contraband stands at an early $8.9m; Tower Heist has accumulated $70.8m.

  • Sony Pictures Releasing International reported a $9.7m opening for romantic drama The Vow after opening it in 20 markets in 1,373 sites. Highlights included a $3.2m chart-topping debut in Australia, a third-placed bow in Germany with $2.4m and $1.7m in the UK.

Including non-Sony markets, Underworld: Awakening scared up $8.7m to stand at $71.1m overall. In its only opening this week, it took $965,000 in Indonesia – a tally which surpasses the final hauls of each of the previous films in the Underworld franchise.

The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo opened in Japan, its final territory, with a number one launch of $3.8m on its way to a further $8.4m internationally from its 61 markets, to pass the $100m mark at $110.7m.

Boosted by a $2.2m number one bow in Brazil – the highest ever for an Adam Sandler film there, 40% ahead of Just Go With It’s opening – Jack And Jill broke the $50m barrier to stand at $51.1m after a $7.8m weekend.

  • The return of The Muppets has now garnered $43.2m after a $6.6m weekend through Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures International, despite losing out on top spot in the UK to The Woman In Black.

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