Getting a gentler box office reception on the foreign theatrical circuit, Disney’s John Carter took the No. 1 spot overseas for the second consecutive weekend, grossing $40.7 million from 54 offshore markets and lifting its international gross total to $126.1 million.
Weekend action for the $250-million-plus live action animation fantasy-adventure directed by Andrew Stanton was down more than 40% from its foreign debut last round. It slipped from first place to No. 4 in the U.K., where it took in an estimated $1.8 million from some 460 spots for a market cume of an estimated $6.3 million.
In Australia, where Carter also opened No. 1 last round, the film placed second this time, dropping about 51% to an estimated $1.6 million on the weekend. Carter also dropped from No. 2 to No. 3 in South Korea and Germany, from second to fourth in France, and from third to fifth place in Italy.
Overall, Carter’s overseas reception remains considerably kinder so far than the comparable $13.5 weekend tally and $53.2 million cume-to-date meted out in the U.S. and Canada.
Providing a welcome charge to the offshore circuit was the introduction of Sony’s 21 Jump Street, starring Jonah Hill andChanning Tatum.
The comedy opened gangbusters in Australia, taking the No. 1 spot with $4.3 million collected from 243 sites. Weekend take overall totaled $7 million from 745 situations in 11 markets. A No. 2 bow in the U.K. provided $2.5 million from 406 spots. Jump Streetranks No. 5 overseas on the weekend.
Two notable milestones achieved: Warner Bros.’ Journey 2: The Mysterious Island’s reaching the $301.8-million gross mark worldwide; and Paramount’s Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol’saccumulating a China gross of more than $100 million ($101.5 million). Journey 2 drew $5 million on the weekend from 50 markets, pushing its offshore cume to $207 million.
Opening in 10 territories, Universal’s 3D animation title Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax grossed $11.6 million overall at 1,275 venues in 16 markets. A Russia debut yielded an impressive $9.7 million at 690 sites, including previews. This week the film opens in eight markets. It ranks as this weekend’s No. 2 title.
Third was 20th Century Fox’s romantic comedy This Means War, costarring Reese Witherspoon, Chris Pine and Thomas Hardy, which turned in solid openings in Brazil (No. 1 in the market) and in Mexico (No. 2), and grossed $9.15 million overall at 4,190 spots in 58 territories. Overseas cume stands at $69.4 million.
No. 4 was Paramount’s The Devil Inside, whichcontinues to quietly produce interesting box office. Latest round provided $7.4 million from 2,476 locations in 40 territories. Largest of the low-budget horror outing’s seven opening was the U.K. where it finished No. 1 in the market with $3.1 million generated at 380 spots. Overseas cume so far is $38.1 million.