Week-by-week, it becomes more-and-more clear: Life of Pi is on pace to be a major international hit. Ang Lee's adaptation of the best-selling novel earned $59.3 million from 64 markets this weekend, which is its highest tally so far. To date, it has earned $301 million, and strong holds suggest it could wind up close to $500 million before the end of its run.
The movie's biggest market was Russia, where its massive $14.2 million is Fox's fourth-highest opening ever there. It also started strong in Australia ($8.3 million) and South Korea ($5.3 million), among many other smaller territories.
Life of Pi is also holding great in its other markets: it was off 20 percent to $5.4 million in the U.K. and 33 percent to $5 million in Germany. Pi is now playing throughout most of the world, though it still has a debut to look forward to in Japan at the end of the month.
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey continued its impressive foreign run with $58.6 million this weekend. Germany was its top territory with $9.5 million, which brings its total to $74.1 million there (best market so far for the movie). The first of three Lord of the Rings prequels has now grossed $562.8 million overseas, which brings its worldwide (domestic plus foreign) total to nearly $828 million. Even with fairly steep drops from here, the movie will ultimately pass $1 billion once it opens in China.
Jack Reacher added 15 new markets for a total of 47 and grossed $22.6 million this weekend. It had a fine $3.2 million start in Australia, and was okay in Germany ($2.95 million), Italy ($1.9 million) and Mexico ($1.3 million) as well. Still, with only $55.8 million in the bank so far, it's unlikely that Reacher will ultimately match star Tom Cruise's Knight & Day ($185.5 million).
Wreck-It Ralph earned $19.5 million from 56 territories, which represent 75 percent of the international marketplace. The movie has now earned $132.7 million overseas for a worldwide total north of $300 million.
Without any major new territories, Les Miserables plummeted over 62 percent to $14.4 million. So far, it has grossed $28.9 million in South Korea, $25.2 million in Japan and $14.2 million in Australia; all of these are strong grosses for a musical, and it's likely the movie will continue to play well as it expands throughout the rest of the world. The Tom Hooper-directed adaptation has now grossed $81 million from
A week before its nationwide expansion in the U.S., CIA thriller Zero Dark Thirty opened to $1.3 million in Spain. That's a great figure for a movie like this: for example, its 58 percent above Argo's start there.