The intrepid boy explorer from “The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn” is having no trouble finding his way in a wide swath of territories, staking out an impressive $123.7 million after just two weeks at the overseas box office.
“Tintin,” distribbed by Sony and Paramount, collected a chart-topping $39.2 million over the Nov. 4-6 weekend from a total 45 countries, including eight new territories, one of them Russia, where the film earned $4.9 million, of which a hearty 79% came from 3D and Imax.
The film’s top market, however, was France, where it tallied $8.4 million in its second weekend, a drop of 60%; pic benefited last weekend from heightened holiday traffic in Gaul.
“Tintin” has been making B.O. headlines for weeks leading up to its international release — nearly two months ahead of the Dec. 21 Stateside bow.
Both Sony and Par, the latter of which reps only the U.K. in Europe, decided to give European auds first look in order to benefit from local school holidays around this time, as well as to take advantage of the original book series’ popularity on that continent (“Tintin” began in Belgium).
“Tintin” launches this weekend in India and Taiwan via Sony and Par, respectively.
Also performing well in its second frame overseas, 20th Century Fox’s sci-fi thriller “In Time” grossed $17 million for a cume of $38.5 million. Pic launched in 16 new territories, including the U.K., where auds shelled out $3 million — enough for second place behind “Tintin,” which collected $3.5 million there.
“In Time” narrowly lost to “Tintin” in Russia, earning $4.3 million, down only 14%. In Australia, meanwhile, the film held onto the top spot, with $1.7 million. Fox says it expects the pic to eventually cume around $90 million internationally, with potential to cross the $100 million mark depending on how its remaining markets perform.
Portugal is the only new market for “In Time” this weekend; the film bows Nov. 23 in France, followed by Germany and Spain the weekend of Dec. 2.