The enduring appeal of James Bond has propelled Sony and MGM’s thriller to $334.6m in less than two weeks and there should be plenty more fireworks this weekend to shake and stir international box office.
While the new footprint over the coming days is more low key than in the previous two sessions – 007 arrives in the Caribbean day-and-date with the North American launch – studio top brass expect strong holds to sweep the film past $400m.
Sony territories have generated $284.1m while MGM licensees have delivered $50.5m thus far.
Meanwhile Sony Pictures Releasing International opens the Kevin James comedy Here Comes The Boom in the UK and Germany, while the animation Hotel Transylvania on $118m featuring the voice of Adam Sandler debuts in Italy.
Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures International’s Wreck-It Ralph has grossed $16.7m from the early stages of release and opens this weekend in China, India, Portugal, Vietnam and Indonesia.
Frankeweenie on $26,4m arrives in Israel, Peru and Turkey while Tinker Bell Secret Of The Wings on $32.7m opens in Spain.
Warner Bros Pictures International’s hostage drama Argo stands at $16m and arrives this week in the UK, France, Germany, Russia, Brazil, Mexico, Italy and Holland.
All eyes will be on Russia when Cloud Atlas opens through A Company Russia and through distribution partners of A Company Filmed Entertainment in Ukraine and Bulgaria this weekend. The ambitious epic has underperformed in North America but the producers will look to the international market to recoup.
Universal Pictures International debuts Jesus Christ Superstar (Live 2012) in Australia and Of Men And Mavericks in Russia. Ted stands at $278.4m while The Bourne Legacy has reached $143.6m.
DreamWorks Animation’s Madagascar 3 has grossed $513.7m through Paramount Pictures International.
Fox International’s Ice Age 4 stands at $716.1m and EuropaCorp/Fox’s Taken 2 has grossed $217.8m
The Sessions opens in Australia and New Zealand, The Watch in Italy and Spain and Due West: My Sex opens in Taiwan.