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Coinciding with its solid domestic debut, Immortals had a powerful start overseas this weekend. The movie opened to a roughly estimated $36 million from over 35 territories, which was good for first place at the foreign box office. Most individual territories are not currently available, though it did open to $3.6 million in the United Kingdom and $1.8 million in Japan. Similar movies Clash of the Titans and 300 finished with $330 million and $245 million, respectively, and, while Immortals won't come close to those figures, it does at least appear poised for an overseas run that exceeds $100 million.

The Adventures of Tintin fell 32 percent to an estimated $26.7 million in its third weekend overseas. Out of its 50 markets, France was tops again with $6.2 million, while India was the best new territory with $1.3 million. The movie has so far made $159.1 million, and still has a ton of regions left to open in ahead of its Dec. 21 U.S. debut.

Real Steel extended its mighty foreign run with an estimated $12 million from 41 territories (76 percent of the marketplace). Most of that gross came from a strong $9 million opening in China. The movie has now made $147.5 million overseas for a worldwide (domestic plus foreign) total of $229.2 million.

Without any major openings, In Time plummeted 50 percent to an estimated $8.4 million from 51 markets. Its top territories were the U.K. ($1.6 million) and Australia ($1.2 million), and it has so far earned $53.1 million overseas.

Playing in 36 markets, Tower Heist added $7.6 million for a total of $20.6 million. The U.K. was its biggest contributor with $1.4 million.

Paranormal Activity 3 grossed an estimated $7.1 million for a total of $88.6 million. It should top its predecessor's $92.8 million foreign total by early next weekend.

A week and a half ahead of its U.S. opening, Arthur Christmas debuted to $3.9 million in the U.K. That's up from the last Aardman movie Flushed Away, and also an improvement on A Christmas Carol.

Jack and Jill opened in seven Latin American markets and earned an estimated $2.7 million. The vast majority of that came from a $2.48 million first place debut in Mexico, which sets a new opening record for Adam Sandler there.

Other Notables - Weekend Gross - Gross-to-Date

Contagion - $6.8 - $54.3

The Lion King - $4.8 - $58.6

Puss in Boots - $4.5 - $48.1

Moneyball - $4.2 - $7.3

Johnny English Reborn - $3.9 - $146.4

The Help - $1.9 - $25.7

You Are the Apple of My Eye - $1.6 - $20

Anonymous - $1.6 - $2.9

Rise of the Planet of the Apes - $1.45 - $300.1

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Relativity’s fantasy generated a notable first wave of launches outside North America, combining with the number one domestic debut for a $69m worldwide opening weekend.

The film grossed approximately $37m from more than 35 territories, mostly through Lionsgate and output partners as well as four Universal territories.

Immortals, which cost approximately $75m and stars a panoply of global talent old and new including Henry Cavill, Mickey Rourke, Freida Pinto, John Hurt, Luke Evans and Kellan Lutz, grossed $8.5m in a number one debut in Russia through MGN and $5.5m in China in the first release through SkyLand, Relativity’s jointly owned venture with IDG and Saif Partners.

Elsewhere it debuted on $4.5m in South Korea through NEXT, $3.1m in Germany through Constantin and $1m in Turkey through Aqua Pinema.

Universal territories accounted for $5.7m from 780 sites, led by $3.6m in the UK from 427 – Universal claimed number one, however Sony reported that Arthur Christmas arrived in first place on $3.9m – and a number four launch in Japan on $1.8m from 322.

The Adventures Of Tintin was left to savour second place after a terrific ride at number one for several weekends. The family animation brought in a further $26.7m from 7,240 screens in 50 markets – mostly through Sony Pictures Releasing International (SPRI) with several Paramount Pictures International (PPI) markets in play at this early relatively early stage.

The film’s international running total stands at $159.1m. SPRI markets accounted for $21.1m of the weekend haul and $136.1m of the overall tally, while PPI, yet to open most of its markets, generated $5.1m over the weekend for s $23m running total, of which $20.4m has come from the UK in three weeks.

SPRI’s biggest market was France, where Tintin ranks number two and added $6.2m from 863 in the third weekend for a formidable $47.6m. Spain was next as Tintin held on to number one and grossed $2.9m from 790 for $20.9m after three.

PPI reported a $2.6m haul from 502 screens in the UK, where the adventure ranks number three. The distributor’s new markets this weekend were Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, Taiwan and Vietnam. The highlights were Singapore on $1.1m from 57 and Malaysia on $571,000 from 100.

Overall drops have been fairly low: 27% in France, 45% in Spain, 26% in the UK and 42% in Belgium, where Tintin has amassed $7.5m after three.

Moneyball brought in $4.2m from 795 in 10 for an early $7.3m and the Brad Pitt drama launched in Japan on $2.3m from 339 and Australia on $1.4m from 218.

Arthur Christmas, the Aardman Animation and Columbia Pictures Animation collaboration, got off to an excellent start in its first marker as it arrived at number one in the UK on $3.9m from 871. The Adam Sandler comedy vehicle Jack And Jill opened in Mexico and Colombia on $2.7m from 720 screens, taking first place in Mexico on $2.5m from 622 and first place in Colombia on $175,000 from 60.

Anonymous added $1.6m from 755 in 15 for $2.9m and launched in Germany at number nine on $860,000 from 322.

Real Steel stands at $147.5m after six weekends through Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures International and added $12m from 41 territories over the weekend.

Highlights so far are a $19.7m haul from Russia, $19.3m from South Korea, $13.1m from Mexico, $11.3m from Australia, $9m from China and $8.7m from France. The UK has generated $7.3m.

The Lion King 3Dgrossed $4.8m from 40 territories and has reached $58.6m. The UK is the lead territory on $19.1m.

DreamWorks’ The Help added $1.9m for $25.7m The top markets are Australia on $8m, the UK on $4.9m and France on $4.2m.

Fox International reported another robust weekend for New Regency’s In Time as it added $8.5m from 3.250 screens in 53 markets for a $53.7m running total.

The sci-fi thriller held well in its second weekend in the UK and added $1.6m from 426 for $5.9m after a slight 20% drop and grossed $1.2m in Australia from 218 following a 26% fall for $6.8m. Russia produced $1m from 596 for $13.2m and remains the lead market. Upcoming debuts for In Time include France, Germany, Spain and Japan.

Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes has crossed $300m and stands at $301.7m thanks to a $1.4m weekend haul on 1,497 in four. China and Japan have generated $27.1m after three weekends and $30.4m after six, respectively.

Taiwanese hit You Are The Apple Of My Eye has reached $20m and opened in Singapore on $523,951 from 96 and Malaysia on $380,517 from 24. It stayed top in Hong Kong for the fourth weekend in a row as $706,034 boosted the tally to $6.7m.

Universal’s comedy caper Tower Heist grossed $7.6m through UPI from 8,800 sites in 36 territories as the running total climbed to $20.7m. It opened in 14 territories and the UK is the top holdover on $1.4m from 410 for $4.8m.

Johnny English Reborn added $3.9m from 3,400 sites in 57 territories for an impressive $146.4m and stands at $31.5m in the UK after six weekends. There are six territories go to including Japan.

PPI’s Paranormal Activity 3 grossed $7.1m from 3,341 venues in 52 markets for $88.6m. The biggest contribution came from Germany where the horror held on to the number two spot on $2m from 286 sites for $5.7m.

DreamWorks Animation’s Puss In Boots grossed $4.5m from 1,220 in four for an early $48.1m tally. Russia generated $4m from 997 for an extraordinary $43m after three weekends.

Contagion brought in $6.8m through Warner Bros Pictures International from approximately 2,600 screens in 47 markets for $54.3m. It opened in France on $3.1m from 377 and Japan on $1m from 241.

The Three Musketeers stands at $107.3m following a $3.1m weekend through Summit International licensees.

StudioCanal reported a $433,928 debut in the UK for The Awakening and said Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy had amassed $21.5m after nine weeks in the UK.

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If Smurfs had the exact same release dates sequence, it would have grossed around $24.3m this weekend for $135.9m cume.So Tintin still has a $23m lead in current markets and if it has somewhat worse multiplier compared to Smurfs, it should still finish ahead.

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<table border="0" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" width="325"> <col style="mso-width-source:userset;mso-width-alt:3584;width:74pt" width="98" /> <col style="mso-width-source:userset;mso-width-alt:3620;width:74pt" width="99" /> <col span="2" style="width:48pt" width="64" /> <tbody> <tr height="20" style="height:15.0pt"> <td height="20" style="height:15.0pt;width:74pt" width="98"> Market</td> <td style="width:74pt" width="99"> Immortals</td> <td style="width:48pt" width="64"> CoTT</td> <td style="width:48pt" width="64"> %</td> </tr> <tr height="20" style="height:15.0pt"> <td height="20" style="height:15.0pt"> Russia</td> <td> $8.5m</td> <td> $11.8m</td> <td align="right" class="xl63"> 72%</td> </tr> <tr height="20" style="height:15.0pt"> <td height="20" style="height:15.0pt"> China</td> <td> $5.5m</td> <td> $7.9m</td> <td align="right" class="xl63"> 70%</td> </tr> <tr height="20" style="height:15.0pt"> <td height="20" style="height:15.0pt"> South Korea</td> <td> $4.5m</td> <td> $7m</td> <td align="right" class="xl63"> 64%</td> </tr> <tr height="20" style="height:15.0pt"> <td height="20" style="height:15.0pt"> Germany</td> <td> $3.1m</td> <td> $5.9m</td> <td align="right" class="xl63"> 53%</td> </tr> <tr height="20" style="height:15.0pt"> <td height="20" style="height:15.0pt"> UK</td> <td> $3.6m</td> <td> $8.6m</td> <td align="right" class="xl63"> 42%</td> </tr> <tr height="20" style="height:15.0pt"> <td height="20" style="height:15.0pt"> Turkey</td> <td> $1m</td> <td> $1m</td> <td align="right" class="xl63"> 100%</td> </tr> <tr height="20" style="height:15.0pt"> <td height="20" style="height:15.0pt"> Total</td> <td> $26.2m</td> <td class="xl64"> $42.2m</td> <td align="right" class="xl63"> 62%</td> </tr> </tbody></table>

So in the markets we have data available for, Immortal opened with 62% of CoTT's opening. The frontloaded markets were on the higher side while the leggier markets were on the lower side. And many major European markets are yet to open, which should be on the lower side too going by the trend. So Immortals should be heading for a final total less than 62% of CoTT, maybe in the 55% range.

That would give it ~$180m total OS.

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If Smurfs had the exact same release dates sequence, it would have grossed around $24.3m this weekend for $135.9m cume.So Tintin still has a $23m lead in current markets and if it has somewhat worse multiplier compared to Smurfs, it should still finish ahead.

So its still tracking for 400 mill OS?
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Tintin is definitely not what every was expecting. The good thing is that the budget for this was under 140 million. Most likely after tax credits.

This modest budget should insure a sequel. Even though it could end up under 500 mill WW if it flops DOM..
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