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Around-the-World Brief: 'Potter' Still Magic Overseas



by Ray Subers
July 24, 2011

After destroying the foreign opening record last weekend,Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 tumbled 61 percent in its second weekend, but that still translated to a massive $121.3 million estimated haul. In second,Transformers: Dark of the Moon's record-breaking debut in China helped it reach a handful of significant milestones and pulled it ever closer to the coveted $1 billion worldwide mark. 

Deathly Hallows Part 2 remained No. 1 in all of its major markets, according to distributor Warner Bros. The United Kingdom was once again its top territory with $14.3 million for an impressive $71.1 million total. It also added $12.7 million in Germany, $11.7 million in France, $8.6 million in Japan and $8.4 million in Australia. Potter's overseas total reached $560.4 million, which made it the second highest-grossing movie of the year behind Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides

Potter's worldwide total grew to an enormous $834.6 million. It reached the $700 million mark in its tenth day in theaters and passed $800 million on its 12th day, both of which obliterated the previous speed records held by On Stranger Tides (16 days to $700 million) and Avatar (19 days to $800 million). It's already passed Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban in both foreign and worldwide grosses and appears poised to eclipse Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone's $974.8 million in a week or so to become the top-grossing entry in the series. With China slated for Aug. 4, Deathly Hallows Part 2 is well-positioned to contest The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King's $1.12 billion total to become the highest-grossing non-James Cameron movie ever worldwide.

Transformers: Dark of the Moon added an estimated $62 million in 60 markets, but its opening in China alone contributed an enormous $40 million to that tally. According to Paramount Pictures International, that was the biggest debut ever for an American movie in China. The movie's foreign total reached $556.6 million, toppingShrek Forever After's $514 million to become Paramount's highest-grossing overseas release ever. Including its $325.8 million in domestic coin, Dark of the Moon has generated $882.4 million worldwide, exceeding Revenge of the Fallen's final total. With Japan opening this weekend, the movie looks like a lock to close north of $1 billion worldwide.

Cars 2 ranked third for the weekend with an estimated $17.7 million from 31 territories for a total of $173.7 million. It opened to $6.1 million in the U.K., which was above Kung Fu Panda 2 and the first Cars

Mr. Popper's Penguins expanded in to a handful of major territories and earned $11.8 million for a $56.3 million total. It had solid second place debuts in France ($2.8 million), Mexico ($2.4 million) and Spain ($2.4 million). 

While Captain America: The First Avenger held the top spot at the domestic box office this weekend, its only foreign debut was a respectable $2.8 million in Italy. That's up 16 percent from the first Iron Man but way off fromThor's $5.6 million. Captain expands in to 23 markets next weekend, including the U.K., Russia, Brazil, Mexico, Australia and South Korea.

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Other Notables - Weekend Gross - Gross-to-Date
Zookeeper - $9 - $28.8
Kung Fu Panda 2 - $8.3 - $437.2
Bridesmaids - $7.9 - $70.7
Bad Teacher - $7.9 - $70.2
Assalto Ao Banco Central - $2.6 - $2.6
Larry Crowne - $2.2 - $16.8
Hop - $1.4 - $74.3
Paul - $1 - $57
Pirates of the Caribbean 4 - $0.9 - $794.6