Int’l preview: Embattled Disney executives have endured a difficult week of press speculation about writedowns after the film’s underwhelming North American debut and will look for a solid second international session.
After last weekend’s opening salvo in 51 territories grossed $67.1m and not $70.6m as originally estimated, Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures International executives expect strong holds to hoist the $81.7m running total (as of Thursday) well past the $100m mark.John Carter stood at $119.3m worldwide as of Thursday.
Universal/UPI’s thriller Contraband on $8.1m opens in 14 including the UK, Germany, Switzerland, Belgium, Spain, South Africa and Turkey. Dr Seuss’ The Lorax arrives in Russia while action thriller Safe House opens in Brazil
Paramount/PPI’s The Devil Inside arrives in the UK, Spain and Italy. Life opens in Germany and DreamWorks Animation smash Puss In Boots on $367.8m arrives in Japan.
Fox International opens This Means War in Brazil, Mexico and Argentina and the action comedy has grossed $58m.
The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel opens in Germany and Austria and stands at $17.7m, while We Bought A Zoo on $27.2m opens in the UK and Poland.
Chronicle arrives in South Korea and stands at $49.7m, Star Wars: Episode 1 in 3D arrives in Japan and has grossed $52.1m. Fox International opens The Rum Diary in Australia.
Sony Pictures Releasing International unleashes Columbia and MGM’s action comedy 21 Jump Street day-and-date with North America in approximately 11 territories including the UK and Australia.
Ouran Koukou Hosutobu (Ouran High School Host Club) opens in Japan and romance The Vow will seek to steal hearts in South Korea.