With little to no competition The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 1 nabbed another first place at the international box office, well on its way to match the worldwide grosses of past entries in the series.
This is the third consecutive win for the vampire flick and is now just one first place away from matching the four in a row achieved by New Moon around the same time in 2009. With another $40.4 million, Breaking Dawn – Part 1 sits at $344.8 million internationally while worldwide the number is $594.1 million. This means The Twilight Saga has made almost $2.4 billion in little over 3 years, making it one of the most successful franchises ever on the big screen.
Puss in Boots was 2nd after expanding to a few more countries. The animated film grossed $22.7 million for $89 million internationally with a lot more markets set to open on the horizon, setting Puss in Boots on track for over $300 million outside the US. Worldwide the flick generated $229 million and will most likely double the $130 million reported budget sometime next week, on its way to $450 million and more.
French comedy Intouchables is still making the rounds with $15.9 million and $109.3 million in total ($102.6 million coming from France alone). Happy Feet Two was in 4th place with $15.6 million for $33.3 million internationally and $86.4 million worldwide. In 2006 Happy Feet stopped at $384.3 million worldwide, the sequel won’t gross half of that even with the higher priced 3D tickets on its side.
Arthur Christmas ranked 5th with $11.9 million and $71.4 million worldwide while Russian biopic, Vysotsky. Spasibo, chto zhivoy (Vysotsky: Thank God I’m Alive), opened with $11.2 million in its country of origin.
In 7th place The Adventures of Tintin grossed $10.6 million for total of $220.5 million with still a few markets left to go (including North America starting December 21st). With a sequel already moving forward, it’s safe to say Paramount and Sony are happy with the current box office success of this flick.
In Time was 8th with $9.6 million and thanks to 117.9 million worldwide, it has almost tripled its $40 million production budget. Justin Timberlake is slowly turning into a bona fide international start, that or he is very good at choosing his projects.
Immortals made another $6.5 million and so far the Tarsem directed epic has grossed $178.5 million worldwide, more than enough to cover the $75 million budget. Rounding up the top 10 is the Japanese comedy Eiga Kaibutsukun with $5.7 million and a total of $15.4 million coming from Japan alone.