Magazine article Screen International

Middle Earth Keeps International Arena under Spell

Magazine article Screen International

Middle Earth Keeps International Arena under Spell

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The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey dominated a third consecutive weekend at the box office as an estimated $106.5m haul through Warner Bros Pictures International propelled the early running total to a formidable $464m.

New Line/MGM/Warner Bros' fantasy adventure combines with the $222.7m North American gross for a $687m global running total.

Several results punctuated the session including an outstanding $18.6m (A$18m) number one debut in Australia on 560 screens.

In its third weekend The Hobbit produced $16.7m ([euro]12.6m) in Germany for $60m ($45.8m); $10.9m (£6.7m) in the UK for $57.7m (£35.8m) and $8.6m ([euro]6.6m) in France for $31.2m ([euro]23.8m).

The Middle Earth saga delivered $5.6m in Russia for $27m after two weekends. After three The Hobbit stands at $22.4m in Spain, $19.5m in South Korea, $17.9m in Italy, $15.1m in Mexico, $14.8m in Sweden through MGM and $13.4m in Brazil.

Fox International reported that Fox 2000's Life Of Pi generated $39.2m from 8,394 screens in 56 markets. To date it has grossed a relatively early $220m that promises much more to come. It arrives this week in Australia, Russia and South Korea.

Ang Lee's seaborne adventure opened in Germany in second place on $7.1m from 704. Roughly 87% of the result came from 3D screens. A $6.6m second weekend in the UK from 1,015 boosted the tally to $17m while a further $3.9m in the second weekend in France from 637 elevated the score to 7.9m.

Life Of Pi has amassed $7.1m in Mexico after two weekends, $9.6m in Spain after five and $14.3m after six inTaiwan, where the bulk of production took place. It ranks as Lee's biggest hit in his homeland. In India, where part of the film shot, Life Of Pi stands at $14.3m after six.

The theatrical run ended in China on Dec 23 and the film has earned $90m to rank as the third biggest non-Chinese release of the year behind Titanic 3D and Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol.

Life Of Pi has become Fox's third biggest release in China behind Avatar and Titanic and the industry's fifth biggest release there behind Avatar, Transformers 3, Titanic and Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol.

Parental Guidance started off in seven markets and earned $7m from 1,491 screens. Australia produced $2.8m from 234, the UK $2.1m from 440 and Mexico $1.4m from 674.

Universal Pictures International reported that Working Title's Les Misérables grossed $38. …

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