While domestic interest for Paranormal Activity is fading, it's never been higher overseas. The fourth installment in the franchise debuted to $26.4 million this weekend, which is up an average of 11 percent over its predecessor. That movie closed with $103 million, which is a good target for Paranormal Activity 4.
The movie's top market was the U.K. with a $4.1 million five-day start, though that was only good for second place there. It was also runner-up in Russia with $3.9 million, while it took first place in Australia ($3.7 million), Germany ($3.3 million), Mexico ($2.2 million) and Brazil ($1.7 million). Probably the biggest letdown came in Spain, where the movie wound up in fourth place with less than $1 million. Paranormal Activity 4 expands in to South Korea, India and a handful of other markets.
International hit Taken 2 added $24.9 million from 65 markets this weekend. Its best territory was once again the U.K., where it grossed $3.7 million for a strong total of $30.1 million. The action sequel has now earned $176.5 million (more than double its predecessor's total) and its worldwide figure reached $281 million.
Hotel Transylvania took in $15.3 million in 38 territories for a total of $69 million. Its biggest opening came in Russia, where it debuted in first place with over $6.1 million. Star Adam Sandler's highest-grossing movie overseas is currently Just Go With It with $111.9 million, which is a total that seems within range at this point for Hotel Transylvania.
Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted reached its final major market this weekend, and also hit what should be its last significant milestone. The three-quel added $14.7 million, with $9.7 million (including previews) coming from a first place debut in the U.K. Including its Monday grosses, Madagascar 3 has now earned $484.1 million overseas, which pushes its worldwide total just north of $700 million. That makes it Dreamworks Animation's first non-Shrek movie to ever reach that level.
After its record-setting debut last weekend, The Impossible eased 22 percent to once again take first place in Spain with $9 million. That's the second-best second weekend ever there behind Avatar, and the movie is already the highest-grossing movie of the year in Spain with $26 million.
In a handful of smaller markets, Argo debuted to $1.2 million. It's in line for much higher grosses next weekend when it opens in Spain, Australia and Japan; the movie then expands in to France, Germany, Italy, Russia, Brazil, Mexico and the U.K. in early November.