A Look at “Mission” Numbers and Other Holiday Box Office Hits

Paramount’s (NYSE:VIAMission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol found overseas success over Christmas weekend, grossing $43 million.

After its overseas launch on December 14, the film dropped almost 40% from its opening weekend but it still grabbed a No. 1 box office spot for its second consecutive week.

Over Christmas weekend, the film launched in Brazil and Mexico with $2.75 million and $2.5 million grosses respectively, ranking it as the No. 1 film in those markets. Japan and South Korea also reported first place finishes in their second weekends with $24 million and $24.5 million grosses, respectively.

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On Monday, Paramount said the film’s foreign gross total stood at $140 million; it is expected to bring in $201 million total box office numbers by the end of the year.

As of Friday, the film’s audience reach hit $105 million, adding to Paramount’s stable of films that will reach an estimated 2011 international box office of $3.19 billion, according to The Hollywood Reporter. This represents a staggering 60% rise from  2010 numbers, which set “both a record for our studio and indeed any studio,” said Anthony Marcoly, Theatrical President, Paramount Pictures International.

Christmas Weekend Debuts

Weekend debuts overseas: Sony’s (NYSE:SNEThe Girl With The Dragon Tattoo ($1.6 million), 20th Century Fox’s (NASDAQ:NWS) We Bought A Zoo ($1.1 million gross) and Fox’s The Darkest Hour ($3.5 million gross).

Additional films seeing success during the holiday season include DreamWorks Animation’s (NASDAQ:DWAPuss In Boots, which has total foreign box office at $223 million ($17 million over Christmas weekend) and Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows saw $22.3 million with its international gross totals at $46.1 million.

The film did well in the U.K. ($1.4 million).

Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chip-Wrecked grossed an estimated $20.1 million while Arthur Christmas also found success with $9.7 million.

Over in France, Gaumont’s (NYSE:GAM) release of Intouchables is expected to remain at No. 1 ($4.8 million). 

Fox’s In Time, costarring Justin Timberlake and Amanda Seyfried is close to surpassing the $100-million gross mark.

Other notable international numbers: Relativity Media/Universal’s Immortals, ($27.3 million from Universal-handled territories only), Universal’s Tower Heist ($53.1 million), Universal’s Johnny English Reborn ($153.5 million) and Universal’s Rubbeldiekatz ($5.9 million).

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