"Hobbit" cops top spot in Australia with $18M debut. "Life of Pi" raises its overseas total to $220M with $39M week
“The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey” sealed its designation as an international blockbuster this weekend, rolling up $106.5 million at the overseas box office.
That haul, from 16,600 screens in 62 territories, was off just 12 percent from last week and gives Peter Jackson’s Middle-earth epic an overseas total of $464 million and an overall worldwide gross of $686 million.
Warner Bros.’ and MGM's “The Hobbit” has been the world’s No. 1 film since it opened three weeks ago and continues to hold the top spot at the box office in France, Germany, Spain and the U.K.
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It opened with an eye-popping $18 million to take the top spot in Australia this week. It added $16.7 million in its third week in Germany, where it has taken in $60 million overall, and another $10.9 million from the U.K., where it has brought in $57 million in three weeks.
Fox’s Ang Lee epic “Life of Pi” was No. 2 at the international box office, with $39 million from 57 markets. That gives it an overseas total of $220 million. Its best territory this weekend was Germany, where it added $7 million.
“Pi” last week ended its run in China with $90.8 million, making it the No. 3 film for the year, behind “Titanic 3D” and “Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol.” It opens in nine markets this week, including Australia, Russia and South Korea, followed by Japan on Jan. 25.
Universal’s “Les Miserables” was just behind it for the weekend, with $38.3 million from just nine regions. The Tom Cruise action movie “Jack Reacher” rolled up $18 million from 33 markets for Paramount.