The third episode in the Ben Stiller and Robert De Niro comedy brand will be the one to watch this weekend as it launches through PPI day-and-date with North America in around 40 markets.
PPI will be expecting the film to bring plenty of good cheer to global audiences (it opens in North America through Universal) and top brass will be looking for big hits in the UK, Australia, Russia, Germany, France and Spain, among others.
Meanwhile Megamind should cross the $100m mark over the weekend. It currently stands at $92.9m and opens in Hong Kong. Jackass 3D has grossed $52.8m while Shrek Forever After finally made it over the $500m line last weekend and stands at $501.7m.
Fox International pushes The Chronicles Of Narnia: Voyage of The Dawn Treader into Scandinavia this weekend and executives will hope to hold on to the crown, although that will be a tall order given the range of Little Fockers.
Voyage Of The Dawn Treader has taken $129.8m to date and arrives this weekend in Sweden, Denmark, Norway, Fnland and Poland.
The distributor is also mounting a first wave of attack for its adventure comedy Gulliver’s Travels starring Jack Black. Fox International chiefs are hoping it can dwarf the competition in Australia, Spain, Singapore and Hong Kong, as well as around 11 other markets.
Yellow Sea, Fox International Productions’ co-production with Showbox, ventures into South Korea. Latest figures put Unstoppable on $57.2m, Vampires Suck on $44m and Avatar on $2.025bn.
Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures International’s Tangled crossed $100m on December 20 and opens in Turkey this weekend. Tangled is Disney’s 70th film to cross $100m internationally and is going great guns in Russia, where it stands at more than $22m and ranks as the fourth biggest animated release and Disney’s biggest animated release in the market. It is also the second biggest animated release ever in Malaysia on $2.8m.
Tron: Legacy has a long way to go and at the early stages stands at $28m with launches in Russia and Mexico set for the weekend.
Warner Bros Pictures International’s Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows: Part 1 stands at more than $558.4m while Due Date has amassed more than $94.5m.
Sony Pictures Releasing International’s The Social Network stands at $100.5m. GK Films’ The Tourist, which Sony is releaeing worldwide, has reached $22.7m in the earl stages, while Burlesque stands at $2.5m.
Universal /UPI opens Un Altro Mondo in Italy on December 22 and Bruc arrives in Spain on December 24. Devil stands at $22.8m and Despicable Me has amassed $275.1m.