International Box Office: John Carter continues to lead

With no other challenger out there yet, John Carter claimed the top spot around the world again. Thanks to a strong opening in China, John Carter was spared of what would otherwise have been a steep second weekend drop.

With $40.7 million last weekend ($10.4 million of those coming from China), John Carter has amassed $126.1 million thus far. Coupled with the $55.5 million from North America, John Carter stands at $181.6 million worldwide. At first glance this might seem like a lot of money, and it is, but when you factor in a production cost of $250 million, that mighty big worldwide figure just doesn’t match up anymore. As far as future box office prospects, John Carter is moving below my initial expectations so a final tally of $400 million seems out of the question now. Instead, the film should top at around $300 million, bringing in huge loss for the house of mouse.

In 2nd place Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax is starting to slowly roll into markets around the world. Last weekend it was available in 16 countries where it made $12.1 million for a total of $14.1 million so far. Looking back at past Dr. Seuss adaptations internationally, they never excelled in live-action form (How the Grinch Stole Christmas only made $85 million). As far as animations go, Horton Hears a Who grossed $142.6 million outside North America. Now I expect The Lorax to go higher then that, maybe close to the $200 million mark. Either way the film won’t stop before hitting $400 million worldwide when all will be said and done. Illumination Entertainment’s last animated film, Despicable Me, made an impressive $543.1 million worldwide in 2010 so it should remain the top grosser for the studio.

This Means War, the spy comedy starring Reese Witherspoon, Chris Pine and Tom Hardy, collected $9.2 million in 3rd place for a $68.8 million international total. When it comes to worldwide figures, the McG directed flick has made $119.7 million so far, almost doubling its $65 million production budget (studios usually take around half of the box office takes, so a film needs to at the very least double its budget in order to be profitable).

Top dog in North America, 21 Jump Street, was 4th with a $7.2 million debut. With a lot more markets left to open in the coming weeks, 21 Jump Street is already looking like a worldwide hit.

Now here’s a surprise rounding out the top 5, The Devil Inside. $7.2 million is what the found footage horror made, for a total of $38.1 million internationally and $91.3 million worldwide. With a reported $1 million production budget, The Devil Inside is easily the most profitable film of the year so far.