International Box Office: Django Unchained takes #1, Life of Pi set to pass $500 million


Django Unchained 27 Image Who said westerns are dead, cause it sure doesn’t seem so when looking at the $49.3 million generated by Django Unchained this past weekend around the world. Meanwhile Life of Pi hit $500 million worldwide and it’s still going strong.

Django Unchained opened about a month ago in the States, but unfortunately the rest of the world had to wait a bit longer to see Quentin Tarantino’s latest masterpiece. That wait came to an end when the film opened in 54 territories last weekend. As expected (or not really), the R-rated western easily took the #1 spot with $49.3 million, on its way to become the biggest hit of Tarantino’s career. With $188.4 million already in the bank worldwide, Django Unchained ranks as the 6th highest grosser the western genre has ever seen, soon to become #2. Now only time will tell if this bloody good western can take the current leader, Dances with Wolves ($424.2 million). Unfortunately I have a sneaky suspicion it will come very close ($360-400 million), but not close enough.

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Former leader Life of Pi dropped to 2nd place, down 37% with $22.1 million. So far the film has taken $398.8 million internationally; add the film’s US gross and we get a worldwide total of $499.1 million. The film is probably way past $500 million by now. In the long run I can see Life of Pi going as high as $600 million worldwide, I know, crazy (five times crazy on a $120 million budget).

Les Miserables was also down from last week, 25% with $19.1 million. That’s $152.6 million internationally for the musical and $284.8 million worldwide, almost 5 times the film’s $61 million production cost.

Last week’s #2, Chinese flick The Grandmaster, is now 4th with $14.5 million for a total of $41.8 million. Rounding out the top 5 is another Chinese film, Bring Happiness Home, opening with $13.3 million.

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey was 6th with $13.2 million which brings the Lord of the Rings prequel to an international cume of $632.3 million. Worldwide is at $921.4 million, just $1.9 million shy of Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers. With the 3D adventure opening next month in China, $1 billion worldwide should happen as expected, in February, making it the 4th film released in 2012 to get that high.