Screen looks at last weekend’s biggest international performers, including three impressive local titles in South Korea.
Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows: Part 2, which took a further $30.4m last weekend and stood at $868.7m on Monday, is likely to cross the $900m mark this weekend. Warner Bros’ behemoth will have the illustrious $1bn figure as an international end goal. Avatar and Titanic are the only films to achieve that feat to date.
Lotte’s Arrow, The Ultimate Weapon is the latest Korean hit, recording $7.3m from 524 screens for the week’s second-best screen average of $12,697 over its second weekend.
Kim Han-Min’s historical action film, set during the second Manchu invasion of Korea, focuses on the fallout from a Manchurian assault on a village. Park Hae-il, Moon Chae-Won and Ryoo Seung Ryong star.
The same distributor’s thriller Blind was the second-best non-US performer on the international scene, opening on $3.3m on 388 screens for an average of $8,473. Ahn Sang-hoon’s (director of 2004 horror Arang) latest is about a complex police investigation into a hit-and-run case involving a university student.
In the same territory, Leafie became Korea’s most successful home-grown animation. The film has taken $7.9m and seen over one million admissions.
Reliance’s Hindi-language drama Aarakshan debuted in eleventh on the international stage, taking $6.2m from 8,621 screens in 17 territories.
Prakash Jha’s feature, in which a decision by India’s supreme court tests a man’s friendships and loyalty to the brink, features a strong cast, including Amitabh Bachchan, Saif Ali Khan, Manoj Bajpayee and Deepika Padukone.
German comedy Resturlaub debuted in fourth place in Germany, taking $2.5m from three territories, while in Thailand King Naresuan4 made a strong start on $2.3m at the local box office.