The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 1 lead the international box office for a second consecutive weekend thanks to another fantastic haul. Besides that French comedy Intouchables continued its blockbuster box office run.
Thanks to a new $76 million gross, Breaking Dawn – Part 1 just passed the half a billion mark making this the third Twilight film to do so in just two years, something not even Harry Potter can claim since there have never been three of those in such a short time. It remains a wonder of our times how this series can sustain such a strong following even with yearly entries that usually have the opposite effect, creating saturation a lot more often than demand. Still, the most successful Twilight film (The Twilight Saga: New Moon with $709.8 million worldwide) was less popular then the least successful Potter (Prisoner of Azkaban with $796.6 million worldwide) so while not in the same league, the vampire love story saga proves to be a beast of its own time and time again.
Intouchables was 2nd with $17.4 million and a new total of $90.2 million. In the country of its origin, France, the film is now the highest grossing of the year with $85 million. In 3rd place Immortals made $13.9 million and has now amassed a hefty $90.1 million internationally for a worldwide total of $160.3 million, more than doubling the $75 million production budget. Also this is by far the highest grossing movie for director Tarsem Singh. His next project, Mirror Mirror, opens in March next year with Relativity Media producing and distributing again.
The Adventures of Tintin is now at $207.8 million after bringing in $12.6 million over the weekend. I was expecting a bit more by now but still, this is an international blockbuster and that can’t be denied. Will it make enough to warrant a sequel (that is said to already be in production)? We shall see very soon.
Arthur Christmas was 5th with $12.3 million, $22.7 million internationally and $39 million worldwide. Puss in Boots made another $10.4 million for 6th place and $197.7 million worldwide with loads more countries left to open in the coming months giving this a real shot at over $500 million when all will be said and done.
Happy Fee Two opened in even more countries and grossed $10.4 million for an international total of $14.4 million and $58.2 million worldwide. Johnny English Reborn is now inches from the original thanks to $156.9 million after bringing in $10 million over the weekend (Johnny English finished with $160.5 million).
Japanese flick Eiga Kaibutsukun was 9th with $7.4 million made exclusively in Japan and Tower Heist finished 10th with $7.3 million for $36.1 million internationally and $101.6 million worldwide.