The Adventures of Tintin started to roll into theaters around the world last weekend to great success, bringing the international box office back to life after weeks of lackluster numbers. But, it wasn’t just Tintin making the rounds, Bollywood superhero flick RA One also opened to monstrous numbers.
With Steven Spielberg directing and Peter Jackson producing, expectations for The Adventures of Tintin were rather high and with $56.1 million from 19 markets, I’m pleased to announce that it certain meet them. Now there is still a long way to go for the Herge character that appeared to the world for the first time almost 83 years ago, but this is definitely a great start. Based on this opening I’d say Tintin is headed for at least $350 million internationally. I can’t stress enough that this is just a very conservative prediction. Since The Adventures of Tintin is aimed clearly at the international market, by the time it opens in North America on December 21st, we’ll probably know if Paramount thinks it’s successful enough to green light the sequel that Peter Jackson wants to direct.
Second place is kind of a surprise for me with RA One at a staggering $33.4 million. You don’t see Bollywood film open that high every day. Obviously most of that money was made in India ($28.3 million) where it now holds the opening weekend record. All I’ve seen of this is a trailer that shows a very effects driven Bollywood flick, so if there are any people that saw this, please tell us in the comments why do you think RA One is so big and if it deserves such success.
Puss in Boots was 3rd with $17.2 million, mostly from a huge $15.1 million opening in Russia. The Shrek movies have always found great success around the world with the last one, Shrek Forever After, grossing $513.8 million internationally. Puss in Boots should at least aim for $300 million and if that happens, we might just see another adventure featuring the feline hero.
Former leader Paranormal Activity 3 fell to 4th place with $16.6 million for $54.1 million internationally and a grand total of $138.8 million worldwide. This movie cost $5 million to make, just saying.
In Time opened last weekend to somewhat better results than in North America, specifically $15.4 million. A decent start and I can see this finishing close to $80 million worldwide.
Real Steel made $12.2 million for $108 million internationally and $182.7 million worldwide. Good numbers if only Real Steel wasn’t so expensive. On the other hand Johnny English Reborn was a lot cheaper and made $12.1 million last weekend for $123.8 million internationally and $130.7 million worldwide (since it only made $6.8 million in North America).
Finally Rise of the Planet of the Apes was 8th with $10.4 million thanks to a huge $9 million opening in China. Rise of the Planet of the Apes now sits at $453.2 million worldwide, a good deal higher than the 2001 Planet of the Apes ($362.2 million).