'Avatar' expected to eclipse vampire movie
Summit Entertainment’s vampire romance New Moon” took its last big bite out of the foreign box office over the Dec. 11-14 frame, grossing $23.2 million from 8,735 screens in 66 territories for a glowing foreign total of $360.1 million.The entry of 20th Century Fox’s “Avatar” at the worldwide box office on Dec. 18 is expected to suck up most of the attention, ending dazzling runs by “New Moon” and Sony’s Roland Emmerich disaster pic 2012.” 2012″ came in No. 2 after “New Moon,” grossing $19.8 million for a foreign total of $555.9 million. Pic has made significantly more overseas. Domestically, the total through Dec. 13 was $155.3 million for a boffo global total of $711.2 million. New Moon’s” domestic cume as of Dec. 13 was $267.3 million for a worldwide haul of $627.4 million. The U.K. leads with $40.9 million, followed by France at $35.7 million, Germany at $29.6 million and Spain at $28.8 million. 2012″ has done particularly boffo business in China, where it has cumed $65.2 million. And, like “New Moon,” it has also seen big biz in France, grossing $40.1 million. Next up is Russia — a stronghold for disaster fare — where it has grossed $35.8 million. Robert Zemeckis’ Disney’s A Christmas Carol” placed No. 3 for the frame, grossing $14.8 million from 5,298 screens in 50 territories for a cume of $146.8 million. The 3D holiday title had grossed $124.4 million domestically by the weekend for a worldwide total of $271.2 million. Many dismissed the film after a soft opening, but it has proved to have staying power. However, the going could get tough for “Christmas Carol” as “Avatar” takes away 3D screens. Placing No. 4 for the frame at the international B.O. was the blockbuster launch of toon One Piece Film — Strong World” in Japan, scooping up $11.7 million to beat the $11.6 million scored by the Hayao Miyazaki toon smash “Ponyo” in its first weekend in 2008. One Piece,” the 10th installment in the popular series about a teen pirate with superhuman powers and his oddball crew, recorded a screen average of $62,196. Distrib Toei expects the toon to finish with $57 million. To make sure it reaches this total, Toei is giving away 1 million “One Piece” comicbooks to ticket buyers. Since its 1997 start in Weekly Shonen Jump magazine, the “One Piece” comic by Eiichiro Oda has sold 176 million copies in paperback editions. Arthur” came in No. 5 internationally, followed by Disney’s traditionally animated toon The Princess and the Frog.” Pic grossed $7 million from 1,486 as it opened day and date in 10 territories. Domestically, the film debuted in expansion to a solid $24.2 million for a worldwide bow of $34 million. The toon’s foreign launch was 10% ahead of the opening of Disney’s “Bolt” in the same markets, according to the Mouse. Key drivers were Germany at $2.8 million from 544 screens and Mexico at $1.5 million from 425. “Princess” moves into Italy and Russia on Dec. 31. Local laffer Zweiohrkueken” continued to fill theaters across Germany to come in No. 7 at the international B.O., grossing $6.9 million in its soph frame from 717 for a $18.9 million cume via Warner Bros. Horror-suspenser Paranormal Activity” grossed $6.8 million from 1,860 playdates in 23 territories for a foreign cume of $42.8 million and worldwide total of $150.3 million. Domestic haul is $107.5 million. Produced for under $15,000, “Paranormal” is likely the most profitable film of the year. Disney/Pixar’s Up” placed No. 9 for the sesh, grossing $6.4 million, led by a dazzling $5.9 million in its second sesh in Japan. Foreign cume is $401.4 million for a worldwide total of $678.1 million. Coming in No. 10 at the international B.O. was toon Planet 51,” grossing $5.8 million from 5,180 playdates in 24 territories for a foreign cume of $33 million through Dec. 13. “Planet 51” thus has grossed $37.1 million domestically for a worldwide haul of $70.1 million. Ed Meza in Berlin, Mark Schilling in Tokyo and Lauren Seligman in Paris contributed to this report.