By Anne Thompson | Thompson on Hollywood October 30, 2011 at 5:20AM
Sony and Paramount's move to open Peter Jackson and Steven Spielberg's The Adventures of Tintin overseas months ahead of its December stateside release --where the Herge comic books are beloved--is paying off. The performance capture film opened overseas with an estimated $55.8 million in 19 markets.
International distribution rights are shared by Sony Pictures International and Paramount Pictures International. The respective company totals for the weekend are: Sony: $45.1 million in 18 territories, Paramount $10.7 million in the UK. Seventeen of the 19 territories opened at number one. A studio breakdown of the totals is below.
France launched with $21.5 million 935 screens, the biggest opening ever for an original film (non-sequel) from Hollywood. Collecting a 39% market share for the weekend and grossing more than 4½ times the number two film in the market, the opening was 80% bigger than Indiana Jones and the Crystal Skull, 41% bigger than Spider-Man, 50% bigger than both Alice in Wonderland and Ratatouille and is the second-biggest opening of the year there (behind the final Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows).
The UK (Paramount) opened to $10.7 million, first in the market, 189% bigger than the opening of The Smurfs and 116% bigger than Sherlock Holmes. Spain earned $6.7 million on 798 screens, capturing 50% of the market and grossing nearly ten times the number two film. This opening is double that of The Smurfs, 89% more than Iron Man 2, 37% bigger than Sherlock Holmes, and 21% more than Toy Story 3. Germany bowed with $4.6 million on 847 screens, number one in the market at three times the gross of the number two film. This opening is 42% bigger than Iron Man 2, 10% bigger than Sherlock Holmes and 13% more than Toy Story 3.
Herge's home country of Belgium delivered $2.1 million from 169 screens, the second-biggest opening of the year there. This bow was 52% bigger than Crystal Skull, five times the opening of Toy Story 3, four times the opening of Sherlock Holmes, 56% bigger than Spider-Man 3, and 2% bigger than The Smurfs. Sweden grossed a $1.9 million on 297 screens, one in the market and 22% bigger than Crystal Skull, more than double Iron Man 2, 145% bigger than Sherlock Holmes, 84% bigger than The Smurfs, and 20% bigger than Toy Story 3. Switzerland brought in $1.8 million from 174 screens and was also one in the market, three times the opening of Toy Story 3, more than double the openings of Iron Man 2 and The Smurfs 70% bigger than Sherlock Holmes.
Denmark grossed $1.6 million on 221 screens, the third biggest opening of the year and 5% bigger than Crystal Skull, more than double The Smurfs, more than triple Sherlock Holmes, and 55% bigger than Spider-Man 3. Holland earned $1.3 million on 250 screens, 5% bigger than The Smurfs, more than triple Toy Story 3, 81% bigger than Iron Man 2, 48% bigger than Sherlock Holmes, and 12% more than Spider-Man 3.