Here’s an interesting fact, so far in the 7 weekends we’ve had in 2012, in North America each week saw a different leader. Now you might ask what this has to do with international box office. Well for the past 7 weekends around the world we’ve had only 3 movies on top, 2 of which were released in 2011. Rather opposite results I’d say. Anyway, last weekend we had Journey 2: The Mysterious Island once again in 1st place.
The sequel to Journey to the Center of the Earth is the overachiever of 2012 so far at the box office. I mean what else can you say about yet another $27.5 million that adds to about $130 million internationally. That’s just $10 million below the original’s cume and now it’s safe to say that Journey 2 is well on track to finish a lot higher. If we add the gangbuster business it’s been doing in the States, the $79 million 3D Jules Verne inspired adventure stands at $190.7 million worldwide. Journey to the Center of the Earth stopped at $241.9 million, this new one I can see easily adding $100 million more to that.
In 2nd place we apparently have This Means War with a strong $11 million opening. That’s a good start that could lead to, I recon, about $150 million or more worldwide when all said and done. That’s more than twice the $65 million budget.
As far as available data goes right now, Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance is 3rd with a $10.7 million debut. The original Ghost Rider burned its way to $112.9 million internationally and $228.7 million worldwide. Spirit of Vengeance, thanks to the help of 3D, might match the international take but it will have a hard time reaching that same worldwide total.
Star Wars: Episode 1 – The Phantom Menace was 4th with $10.4 million for a re-release total of $37.5 million internationally. Now the grand spanking worldwide gross is $998.1 million and as far as I know, it might have already hit the $1 billion mark, making it the 11th film to ever do so. It should be made official any day now.
Rounding out the top 5 is The Descendants with $7.9 million for $68.7 million internationally. That’s $144.5 million worldwide, mighty impressive for a film like this, Oscar bait if you will.