Magazine article Variety

'Rise' Can't Meet 'Dawn' Overseas

Magazine article Variety

'Rise' Can't Meet 'Dawn' Overseas

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Despite expanding from nine to 55 territories over the Nov. 30-Dec. 2 weekend, Paramount-Dream Works Animation's "Rise of the Guardians" ($38.3 million) was unable to fly past Summit's "Twilight" titan, "Breaking Dawn - Part 2" which collected a charttopping $47. 1 million in its third overseas frame.

"Part 2" reached $447 million internationally, for a worldwide cume of $701.4 million; "Guardians" so far has disappointed, with just $55. 1 million overseas and nearly $104 million globally through Dec. 2.

Two weeks ago, the DWA animated feature - the last for Paramount - notched one of the lowest domestic openings for the toon shop, leaving offshore B.O. to shoulder the burden of potential profitability - and analysts are predicting it to be a heavy burden. Just one day after second-week international grosses rolled in for the toon, Wall Streeters estimated DWA would take a $50 million hit on the $145 million-budgeted film.

One observer estimates "Rise" needs to gross at least $235 million internationally to avoid a writedown. …

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