International Box Office: Breaking Dawn Part 2 hits new series high

The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2 is now officially the biggest grosser of the franchise internationally, all while maintaining its lead. There was also Rise of the Guardians expanding around the world, enough for it to move in 2nd place.

Twilight flexed its muscles once again at the international box office with a very impressive $48.8 million 3rd weekend which brought the film to $447.8 million. That’s more than the $430.9 million of Breaking Dawn Part 1, the previous best. Worldwide the last Twilight already has $705.1 million and by the time you read this, it should move past $712.2 million, the current best, again held by Breaking Dawn Part 1. Before Edward and Bella leave theaters for good, this juggernaut should be well past the $800 million mark worldwide.

Rise of the Guardians was up 75% to 2nd place with about $40 million. Currently out in 55 territories, the animation is starting to show some teeth with $57 million internationally and $107.1 million worldwide. But in order to make back its $145 million budget, Rise of the Guardians needs to finish close to $300 million. Can it do that? Sure, it totally could but just barely. With a lot of help from the upcoming holidays, Rise of the Guardians might reach that mark worldwide.

Skyfall in 3rd is a film that already made more than enough money to cover its $200 million budget. Thanks to $34 million last weekend, the Daniel Craig starring action flick has a monster $623 million international total. That’s almost 200 million more than what Casino Royale (former record) had at the end of its run. Worldwide the film reached insane heights for the series, standing at $871.2 million currently. From the looks of things Skyfall is good for at least another $80-90 million just from its current markets, so it will be up to China to decide if this anniversary Bond can reach $1 billion worldwide. I’m gonna go out on a limb (not really) and say that it will, making it the 3rd film to do so in 2012 (The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey should be the 4th one, so we have the possibility of a new record there).

Life of Pi stayed strong in 4th with $21.5 million, down just 10% from last week. So far the 3d adventure has $61.1 million internationally and $111.2 million worldwide. If it can double that number (and it will easily) then Life of Pi should have no problems recouping the $120 million invested in its production.

Rounding out the top 5 (not 100% sure about this one since we’re talking estimates here) is South Korean flick 26 Years with an opening of $5.2 million.