Both The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug and Frozen grossed more than $50m last weekend and are locked in a battle for international supremacy.
Warner Bros Pictures International’s The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug stands at $543.1m and Gravity $415.5m. The Warner Bros comedy Grudge Match starring Robert De Niro and Sylvester Stallone arrives in Germany, Italy and Spain.
Meanwhile Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures International’s Frozen has amassed $358.8m and will push Smaug all the way.
Disney’s Saving Mr Banks stands at an early $6.7m heading into the first weekend in Australia and Dreamworks’ comedy remake Delivery Man on $7.7m has debuts in Brazil, Venezuela and Uruguay.
The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty is beginning to flex its claws. The romantic adventure has raced to $66.6m through Fox International and opens in Colombia and a handful of other markets.
The Book Thief arrives in Australia, Spain and New Zealand. Baggage Claim opens in France.
Reliance Big Entertainment and BBC Earth’s Walking With Dinosaurs has grossed $54.6m and debuts this weekend in eight markets including Argentina.
Universal Pictures International top brass are hoping for a mighty Chinese debut for Despicable Me 2, which has reached more than $553m.
Sony Pictures Releasing International executives report that Captain Phillips has reached $108.6m, Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs 2 $131.7m and Carrie $47.2m, of which SPRI markets account for $43.6m and MGM markets $3.6m.
SPRI releases Insidious: Chapter 2 in Japan, Battle Of The Year in South Korea and local-language title Confissoes De Adolescente (Teen Confessions) in Brazil.
By January 7 Lionsgate International’s The Hunger Games: Catching Fire stood at $425.7m, Prisoners $61.1m and Escape Plan more than $100m.
Red Granite’s The Wolf Of Wall Street has opened in a few markets through Red Granite International licensees and the Universal territories.
The dark comedy from Martin Scorsese stars Leonardo DiCaprio and perches on a little over $15.2m in France through Metropolitan since the December 25 opening day.
The Legend Of Hercules starring Kellan Lutz opens through Nu Image licensees in China, Taiwan, the Middle East, Hong Kong and India this weekend, day-and-date with the North American launch through Lionsgate-Summit.