Summit International’s New Moon stayed top overseas and soared past the $300m mark as approximately $41.3m from 9,167 screens in 62 markets boosted the overseas running total to $317.1m and the global tally to $572.5m.
Weekend business was led by a $4.9m number one launch in South Korea from 450 screens that ranks as the fifth highest launch by a foreign title this year, according to unconfirmed data. The debut rises to $5.6m including Wednesday’s opening day.
The vampire saga has amassed $39m in the UK, $33m in France, $27.8m in Australia, $25.5m in Spain and $25.3m in Italy, $17.4m in CIS, all after three weekends, and $25.6m in Germany after two weekends. It opened in Taiwan on $1.2m and stayed top in 11 markets including Brazil, Mexico and Belgium, where it has amassed $19.6m, $15.6m and $5.1m, respectively.
- Meanwhile Sony Pictures Releasing International became only the fifth company in history to cross $2bn in ticket sales in a single year as 2012 continued its remarkable run and added $35m from 10,295 screens in 75 markets for $517.5m.
The disaster movie has amassed $25.8m in Japan after three weekends, and in a string of fourth weekend results stands at $40m in France, $35.2m in Russia, $33.1m in Germany, $29.7m in South Korea, $29.2m in the UK, and $19.2m in Brazil. It opened top in Argentina on $1.m from 147.
Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs added $3m from 1,350 in 35 for $67.2m and Zombieland stands at $14.8m following a $2.2m weekend haul from 640 in 29.
- Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures International’s A Christmas Carol added $16.9m 5,400 screens in 46 territories for $118.2m. The family release opened top in Italy on $4m from 400 screens and stands at $22.5m in the UK after one month, $10.8m in Russia after three weekends and $7m in France after two.
Up stands at $390m following a $7m number one launch in Japan on 525 screens that delivered the second biggest animated debut in history. Up should cross $400m by next weekend and overtake Ratatouille to become the second biggest Pixar release behind Finding Nemo.
- Warner Bros Pictures International’s Zweiohrkuken opened number one in Germany on $9.1m including previews from 900 screens The film is a Barefoot films, Warner Bros, Rothkirch/Cartoon Film Production and SevenPictures co-production.
Ninja Assassin added $4.3m from more than 1,270 screens in 18 territories for $12.4m and opened in Russia on $704,000 from 336 screens.
The Renee Zellweger horror film Case 39 grossed $1m through PPI from 420 sites and has grossed $8.6m overall. The biggest opening came from Mexico, where the film took $666,000 from 324 locations. Law Abiding Citizen added $1.6m in its second weekend in the UK from 359 screens and stands at $5.7m there. Celda 211 added $950,000 in Spain from 219 sites and has amassed $9.4m there after five.
- Fox International is laying low before it unleashes Avatar, however the company reported a $3m number one launch in Spain for Spanish Movie, the first release from Fox International Productions that delivered the third biggest release of the year for a local-language film.
Couples Retreat grossed $2.2m through UPI from 922 sites in 35 territories for $42.4m and opened in sixth place in Italy on $680,000 from 190 venues. Inglourious Basterds stands at $195.6m, The Invention Of Lying $12.2m from six territories so far, A Serious Man $2.4m, and Broken Embraces $31m including non-Universal territories.
Mandate International’s estimated weekend box office for Saw VI is $1.9m for a $29.7m running total.