Magazine article Screen International

EuropaCorp's Taken 2 Rules International on $55.2M

Magazine article Screen International

EuropaCorp's Taken 2 Rules International on $55.2M

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UPDATE: The Liam Neeson thriller sequel ran away with the weekend box office, earning an estimated $39.2m though Fox International and the remainder through producer-financier EuropaCorp.

The early tally includes $13.8m from two weekends in South Korea and stands at $66.8m. In further good news for Fox, Ice Age 4 crossed $700m.

The worldwide tally for Taken 2 including the number one North American launch stands at $117m. The Istanbul-set thriller took France by storm on approximately $8.4m through EuropaCorp, while Russia generated $1.9m, Scandinavia $1.5m, Belgium $546,000 and Switzerland $90,000.

Fox International territories brought in $39.2m, led by an $11.9m number one launch in the UK from 807 screens including previews and $8.1m from 365 in Australia for Fox's biggest debut of the year and number five in the industry pantheon for 2012.

Taken 2 opened in Mexico in second place on $2.6m from 761 and opened top in Taiwan on $1.7m from 122 for the distributor's biggest launch of 2011 and 2012. Among the other highlights were number one debuts in the Philippines on $1.6m from 180, Singapore on $1.3m from 47, Brazil in fourth place on $1m from 188 and Argentina in second place on $1m from 95. China generated an indifferent $1.1m from 2,000.

The film arrives through Fox in Italy and seven other markets this week and opens in Germany through EuropaCorp.

Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter added $1.9m from 855 in nine for $69.8m, Ice Age 4 stands at $702.5m and Prometheus has reached $276.7m.

UPDATE: Madagascar 3 coasted up to an even $450m through Paramount Pictures International as a mighty $15.4m six-day German debut from 740 sites put the DreamWorks Animation release back among the top weekend earners.

The film opened top in Austria on $1.3m from 81 and grossed $22.2m overall in its 18th weekend from 2,788 sites in 30 countries. After four weekends Madagascar 3 stands at $22.4m in Australia and all eyes will now be on the UK when it opens there on Oct 19.

Sony Pictures Releasing International (SPRI) reported that Hotel Transylvania added $13.1m from 2,985 screens in 22 markets to boost the early running total to $29.3m and push the worldwide total to more than $105m.

The animation scored a quartet of number one debuts in Latin America led by Brazil on $2.9m from 397 and Argentina on $1.3m from 121. It opened in Colombia on $845,000 from 129 and Peru on $595,000 from 103.

In second weekend holds Hotel Transylvania climbed 8% in Australia where $2.3m from 452 resulted in $9.7m and third place and the animation grossed $2. …

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