While in the US every week had a new leader, January 2012 internationally has been all about Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows so far. Meanwhile The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo continues to perform well in 2nd place and Underworld Awakening looks like it could leave its predecessors in the dust when it comes to international box office.
Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows made another $18.1 million last weekend for a decent looking $261 million international take so far. Once we add the US gross, a worldwide total of $439.3 million comes up. Using a bit of creative forecasting based on how the movie is performing right now, I’d say A Game of Shadows should finish with $540-550 million worldwide, slightly higher than the original ($524M).
In 2nd place The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo collected $15.7 million for $70.8 million internationally. Worldwide the number is $165.3 million and since this movie cost $90 million to make, I’d say Sony still need a bit more to cover it. I think moving forward with The Girl Who Played with Fire is a good idea as long as they can lower the budget to something like $60-70 million.
Underworld: Awakening opened in 36 countries and generated $13.4 million. The movies still has a lot of big markets ahead so the series best of $49 million internationally made by Underworld: Evolution should be well within reach. Actually I recon Underworld: Awakening could double that number thanks to 3D, IMAX and a good 6 years of ticket price inflation.
Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol was 4th with $9.4 million for $336.7 million internationally and $534 million worldwide, just $12 million shy of the $546.4 million made by Mission: Impossible 2. That’s obviously unadjusted since adjusted for ticket price inflation would probably have Mission: Impossible 2 closer to a billion, way out of reach for Ghost Protocol.
Finally rounding up the top 5 is Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked with $9.3 million. That means Alvin and his gang are at $169.6 million internationally and $294.2 million worldwide. Made on a $75 million budget, it more then covered that. As far as I know there’s no Alvin and the Chipmunks 4 confirmed but if they do make another one, please, PLEASE, stop with the stupid titles like The Squeakquel or Chipwrecked, come on!