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Foreign Box Office: Spielberg's Adventures of Tintin Opens Big Overseas

by Anne Thompson
October 30, 2011 5:20 AM
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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.

Thompson on Hollywood

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.


  • Sergio | November 1, 2011 12:27 PMReply

    Just goes to prove my point, he's not well known over here in the U.S.

  • Brian | November 1, 2011 5:10 AMReply

    His canine cousin Rin was very popular here once upon a time. :D

  • you | October 31, 2011 1:46 AMReply

    It's not Tin-Tin, it's Tintin

  • Sergio | October 30, 2011 11:11 AMReply

    Of course it's going to do well overseas where Tin-Tin is an icon. I've never understood why he never caught on in the U.S. I think its box office potential might be limited here

  • Anne Thompson | October 30, 2011 8:03 AMReply


  • Karsten Nielsen | October 30, 2011 6:46 AMReply

    I'm pretty sure Toy Story 4 ain't a thing yet... ;)

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