3D was king around the world last weekend with Journey 2: The Mysterious Island and Star Wars: Episode 1 – The Phantom Menace dominating the chart in first and second place. Meanwhile The Vow and Safe House were even closer on their debuts internationally than they were in US.
Like I mentioned last time, Journey 2 has been lurking around the international box office for over a month now and finally managed to gather enough markets (30) to hit the top spot with an impressive $30 million that pushes the 3D flick to $79.2 million so far. Including the US gross, we have $110.2 million worldwide so Journey 2 should have no problems besting the $242 million made by the original Journey to the Center of the Earth back in the summer of 2008. Seems we have a new franchise here and Journey 3 is definitely be on the way. I bet we’ll see Dwayne Johnson and Josh Hutcherson back again.
In 2nd place we have The Phantom Menace, a bit disappointing with just $20.5 million from 59 markets. Seems 3D re-releases don’t work as well internationally, but either way this will become the 11th film to hit the $1 billion mark sometime next week. Deserving or not, it’s quite an achievement even if it took an extra release to get there.
Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol was 3rd with $11.8 million, slowly dying down around the world, well, except in China where it made another $8.3 million making it the biggest market of the film with a huge $76 million. Thus far Ghost Protocol has grossed $653.3 million worldwide, an outcome very few if any expected out of this spy flick. Mission: Impossible 5 will be extremely important not to screw up since strong>Ghost Protocol hit new heights for the series, and Tom Cruise’s career. It will be vital to keep Brad Bird on board; at least that’s what I think.
In 4th and 5th place Safe House and The Vow continued their domestic fight overseas with $10.2 and $9.17 million, pretty incredible to have them so close again. But it was a bit more impressive for The Vow in 20 countries than Safe House in 25. Either way the latter had its revenge and both should prove their box office worth in the coming weeks. Safe House aims for $100 million or more while The Vow can settle for half that since it was a lot cheaper ($30 million versus $85 million).
In 6th place Underworld Awakening made $8.6 million becoming the highest grosser of the series with $130.8 million worldwide. Previous best was Underworld: Evolution (2006) with $111.3 million.
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo was 7th with $8.2 million for $211.5 million worldwide. That makes it the 477th film to ever pass the $200 million mark worldwide.
In 8th and 9th Jack and Jill and The Descendants each earned $7.9 million. And yes, it’s very disturbing to see such a pile of crap next to a great movie. At least I’m happy to tell everyone that The Descendants has $128.5 million worldwide while Jack and Jill has $124.9 million.
Finally rounding out the top 10 is French comedy La Verite si Je Mens! 3 with $7.6 million, mostly from France. Now thanks to a great user over at the IMDB board I can tell you that the original La Verite si Je Mens! made $29.4 million in 1997 while the sequel made $40.9 million in 2002, both in France only. The third entry is at $24 million so far in France and will probably finish somewhere between the first two.