Official international totals came later than usual this week after a rather weird mix-up regarding the Chinese gross of Looper, but more about that and everything else after the break.
Immediately after the weekend was over, reports came in saying Looper grossed somewhere between $23 and $25 million in China alone, however sometime yesterday that news was debunked with the excuse for the mistake being a simple yen-dollar mix-up. Now I don’t have an official number for China (based on my calculations, it should be around $6 million) but I do know that Looper made $22.8 million from 17 territories in the end, more than enough to secure the top spot. Since it has yet to open around most of the world, I’m gonna go ahead and predict well over 100 million internationally when all will be said and done. Worldwide Looper has $47.7 million currently and it should finish above $200 million in the end.
Past leader Resident Evil: Retribution was 2nd with a still impressive $18.7 million take, meaning it now has $137.4 million internationally and $176.7 million worldwide. Among past Resident Evil flicks, Retribution ranks 2nd worldwide but I don’t think it will be able to match the $296.2 million of 2010’s Afterlife.
Hotel Transylvania took 3rd place with $11.2 million from 13 markets. The animation had good starts in Mexico and Australia but a not so good one in Japan.
Tai Chi O is the foreign film of the week, again from China, this time in 4th place with $9.8 million. Rounding out the top 5 we have Ted with $9.5 million for an international total of $216.5 million. Worldwide the crazy comedy has $434.3 million and it seems I was right saying Seth MacFarlane will be a very busy man in the next few years, I mean the guy is hosting the Oscars for crying out loud.
Oh but wait, you thought I was over? Nay, there’s some Ice Age news I want to share with you guys. After collecting another $8.5 million (mostly from a great opening in Italy) over the weekend, Ice Age: Continental Drift became the highest grossing animated film of all time internationally with $694.4 million. The previous record holder used to be Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs with $690.1 million. Oh yes, these films are very popular around the world.