Paranormal Activity 3 seems to be quite on a roll and after setting a few records in North America, it now tops the international box office. Truth be told, it wasn’t all that hard to come out in the lead around the world since box office numbers have been kind of anaemic in the past weeks.
With $26.1 million Paranormal Activity 3 was #1 in its first weekend. Looking back, Paranormal Activity grossed $85.4 million internationally while the sequel made $92.7 million. That’s not much of a difference between the two but things are about to change with the 3rd entry. Based on the opening weekend I’d say Paranormal Activity 3 is headed for over $120 million internationally and something like $230 million worldwide when all will be said and done, which is mighty impressive for a $5 million movie.
Real Steel was 2nd with $18.5 million from 32 markets. The big budget robot boxing flick gathered $86.1 million for a worldwide total of $153.4 million so far. Based on the estimated $110-140 million budget (no numbers were reported directly from DreamWorks) I’d say the movie is half way into profitability but most likely won’t make it all the way to the finish. $250 million worldwide is about as high as I can see it going.
While not all that popular in North America, Rowan Atkinson’s Johnny English Reborn had another great weekend with $14.3 million. Worldwide the movie is at $108.5 million and I think it will keep going up to $160 million or so. Considering the $45 million budget, I’d say Mr. Rowan Atkinson should be able to buy himself a brand new McLaren F1 after breaking the old one (we’re talking about a very exclusive $2 million car here).
In 4th place, The Three Musketeers is saving face a bit after that awful opening in North America. Internationally the swashbuckler made $13 million and so far it stands at $73.7 million worldwide. Things aren’t looking too pretty for this film and I think it won’t be profitable during its box office run unless it can make at the very least $160 million worldwide. I highly doubt it can go that high anymore.
Steven Soderbergh’s Contagion is starting to move around the world with $9.8 million for 5th place and $23 million internationally so far. Worldwide the movie is at $96.1 million. The Smurfs ($3.6M), Abduction ($3.3M), The Lion King ($3.3M), Rise of the Planet of the Apes ($3.1M) and Friends with Benefits ($2.7M) round up the top 10.