International Box Office: ‘Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol’ Still Standing Tall with $25.8M
on February 05, 2012
By Sterling Wong
The amazing international run of Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol continues, as the Tom Cruise film earned $25.8M from 5,924 locations in 64 markets to lead the global box office for yet another week.
With the strong showing, the Paramount film officially crossed the $400 million mark, with its international cume now standing at an outstanding $422.3M.
Boosting the film’s performance this week was a No. 1 bow in Finland, where it took in $491K from 86 screens. In China, the film impressively improved in its second frame, taking it $19.8M from 3,000 venues, which was a 46% increase over its two-day opening.
Coming in second was the family adventure Journey 2: The Mysterious Island, which took in $14.1M from 3,890 screens in 19 territories. The Warner Bros. film has banked $41.5M overseas, and stands a strong chance of surpassing its predecessor’s $140M foreign take.
The film’s most impressive opening this weekend was in Mexico, where it surged to the top with approximately $2.8M from 1,085 screens. Openings in Brazil ($1.9M) and the UK ($2.0M) also exceeded the original’s results. Next week, the film opens in Russia and China.
Fox’s lowly budgeted Chronicle proved as big a hit internationally as it is domestically, as it grossed a fantastic $13M in its debut week from 2,410 screens in 33 markets to finish at No. 3.
The horror flick notched up No. 1 openings in the UK ($3.6M), Australia ($3.1M), Hong Kong ($582K), Malaysia ($465K), New Zealand ($336K) and Puerto Rico ($197K). In Russia, the film also raked in a solid $1.9M from 800 screens.
It was also good news for Sony, as Underworld: Awakening grossed $11.9M from 3,400 screens in 57 markets. With $53.9M in the bank, the film is on course to become the most successful installment of the Kate Beckinsale-led franchise, with many big markets still to open.
In Germany, the movie launched at No. 2 with $3.2M, but that opening is actually 26% bigger than the lifetime grosses of both Underworld: Evolution and Underworld: Rise Of The Lycans. Other debuts included Singapore (No. 1 with $675K) and Turkey (No. 2 with $465K).
Buoyed by its Oscar nods, Fox’s The Descendants held strongly and grossed $11.2M from 2,890 screens from 43 markets. The Alexander Payne-directed movie has now earned $44.8M overseas.
Warner Bros.’ Sherlock Holmes: A Game Of Shadows earned $9.3M from 5,515 screens in 56 markets, which took its overseas total to $311M. At this point, the sequel is tracking 16% ahead of the first installment, whose lifetime gross is $315M. Japan is the final major market to open.
Sony’s The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo banked another $7.6M from 4,430 screens in 62 markets to bring its international total to $99.3M. The film opened with average results in four markets, including Italy (No. 4 with $1.1M), the Philippines (No. 5 with $140K), Colombia (No. 4 with $125K) and Peru (No. 4 with $105K).
Expanding to 21 new markets in its second weekend, Summit Entertainment’s Man On A Ledge took in an estimated $6.2M from roughly 2,400 screens in 38 territories. The movie’s overseas total is now $9.4M.
Paramount’s Puss In Boots trekked along with $5.3M from 3,599 screens in 61 markets, taking its cume to $367.4M. Late in its run, the Antonio Banderas-voiced animation debuted in Denmark and Sweden with $545K and $1.4M respectively.
Other select international results:
War Horse ($3.3M; Cume: $41.2M), Tower Heist ($2.0M; Cume: $68.5M), Hugo ($1.5M; Cume: $17.8M), The Darkest Hour ($799K; Cume: $42.9M), Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy ($950K; Cume: $5.7M)