Disney’s John Carter premiered worldwide on the weekend, and dominated the foreign portion of its theatrical run by grossing $70.6 million in its debut at about 8,300 screens in 51 overseas territories.
Although John Carter‘s weekend overseas tally is easily the best so far of 2012, it reflects under-performance in key territories. In Mexico, for example, usually far more receptive to adventure-fantasy vehicles, the film grossed less than $3 million ($2.9 million). The disparity between the Russian gross and the opening takes in key European territories is in double digits. The Australia figure appears undernourished given Carter‘s production budget and promotional push. Italy’s opening figure narrowly broke $1.5 million.
The $250-million-plus live action-computer animation fantasy adventure directed by Pixar veteran Andrew Stanton claimed the No. 1 spots in at least nine territories – mostly in Asia – including Australia ($3.4 million from some 250 locations). Biggest single market by far was Russia where Carter took 25% of the territory’s weekend box office by grossing $17.5 million.