The 26th Bond movie is now available in 81 territories, meaning it almost doubled last week’s already record breaking debut. Skyfall is absolutely huge around the world with almost $300 million in less than two weeks, and that’s before it has its North American release this weekend.
So Skyfall was up a whopping 47% from last week with $156 million which accounts for almost half the overall international business over the weekend. And yes, that’s one of the biggest weekends of all time in case you were wondering, and with $289.8 million in the bank already only The Avengers had more money at the same point in its run ($447.4 million) so far in 2012. Skyfall seems to be collecting money at a faster rate than Ice Age: Continental Drift (which ended up with $711.8 million internationally), The Amazing Spider-Man ($490.2 million) and even The Dark Knight Rises ($630.8 million). On the other hand the latest Bond adventure opened just about everywhere so from this point on it can only go down. Based on how much it drops this coming weekend, I’ll be able to pinpoint with some accuracy where it might eventually end up. For now I think $500 million is the minimum, easily setting a new record for the series.
Coming in 2nd once again is Hotel Transylvania with $14.1 million for a total of $115.7 million internationally and 253.8 million worldwide. The animation is now no more than a week away from becoming Adam Sandler’s highest grossing film worldwide, a title currently held by Grown Ups (2010) with $271.4 million. It will be interesting to see if Grown Ups 2, coming next summer, will be able to top Hotel Transylvania. I’m thinking no.
Paranormal Activity 4 was again 3rd, taking in $14 million which brings its total to $68.3 million internationally. With $118.5 million worldwide, Paranormal Activity 4 will end up as the black sheep of the series, trailing its predecessors by a wide margin.
Asterix and Obelix: God Save Britannia made its way back into the top 5 with $10.9 million for what looks like 39.2 million internationally after 3 weeks in theaters.
Rounding out the top 5 was new entry Wreck-It Ralph with $10.2 million ($12 million including previews) from just 9 territories. Expect bigger numbers from this once it expands to more markets in the coming weeks.
On a side note, with a total of $2.16 billion so far in 2012, Sony Pictures International broke the previous company record ($2.14 billion in 2009) thanks in no small part to the amazing numbers posted by Skyfall. But more on this at the end of the year when we’ll have complete data on all the movies handled by Sony Pictures International, as well as its competitors.