Box Office: ‘Tintin’ Already Travels the World with $125m in His Pocket

The Reject ReportWhat? Tintin? I know what you’re thinking. “I know we had Daylight Saving Time this morning, Jeremy, but you’re taking this “time travel” business a little too far, aren’t you?”

You’ve probably notice we’re still at the beginning of November and haven’t been transported magically to December 21st when The Adventures of Tintin gets its US release, and you’d be both observant and right. However, Tintin, world figure that he is, got his release in several foreign markets on October 26th-28th. The ignorant American that I am didn’t bother to address this until now. Well, here you go, foreign markets. It’s your day to shine.

The Adventures of Tintin has already pulled in $125.3m in foreign territories, pretty much guaranteeing its worldwide success well before its North American release. The film is already generated income from over 5000 locations in 21 foreign markets, but most of its dollars have come from the United Kingdom and France so far. It made $21 million from France last weekend and $10.9m from the UK. Spain and Germany were also big markets for the film, pulling over $10m from the locations combined.

Foreign and worldwide box office isn’t a factor many of us consider when we’re talking box office. Part of that is how much more films make in the United States compared to foreign markets. Another part of this is how few headlines foreign box office make. However, a dollar is a dollar is a dollar, and it all spends the same way. Okay, soap box has been removed. Back to the domestic news.

Puss in Boots had an incredible second weekend drop, 3% in all, and was able to once again take the #1 spot with another “over $30m” weekend. It was easily able to swat newcomers Tower Heist and A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas to the ground, neither of which were able to come close to the $30m mark, let alone top it. With $75.5m under its leather belt, Puss in Boots is slowly making its way towards becoming a success, even though it’s nowhere near the level of DreamWorks Animation’s other big hitters, Shrek, How to Train Your Dragon, or even last year’s Megamind. After 10 days, Megamind was able to scrap together $88.8m and eventually went on to make $148.4m domestic/$173.4m foreign for a $321.8m worldwide total. Puss in Boots has made $114.5m total in worldwide sales.

Tower Heist didn’t have a particularly bad weekend. It’s nowhere Brett Ratner or Ben Stiller’s worst openings and performed rather well considering it’s a non-branded property. It doesn’t come off as a rather inexpensive film. Its cast list is probably what made up most of its budget, but expect Tower Heist to end up being somewhat of a success in the long run, especially once it hits the home video market.

Audiences weren’t as kind to A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas. They apparently weren’t in the mood for 3D or an early Christmas, and the film ended up performing worse in its opening weekend than the second film of the series, Harold & Kumar Escape From Guantanamo Bay. That film opened to $14.9m in 2008 and went on to pull in $38.1m domestic/$5.3m foreign for a $43.4m worldwide total. 3D Christmas might end up pulling that same kind of longevity, however, with the slight inflation of ticket prices combined with the additional dollars for 3D prices, the $13.1m it pulled in this weekend has to be seen as a pretty large setback for the franchise.

Elsewhere at the box office, Paranormal Activity 3 is nearing $100m domestic here in its third weekend of release. It’s already surpassed the $84.7m domestic Paranormal Activity 2 made and is eyeballing the $107.9m domestic made by the first film in 2009. Granted its dollar intake is slowing, down 53% from last weekend, and it might not get there. However, it’ll be a close one. Regardless, Paranormal Activity 3 ($114.5m worldwide total so far) is already another huge hit for the series.

Here’s how the weekend broke down:

  1. Puss in Boots – $32.1m (-3%) $75.5m total
  2. Tower Heist – $25.1m NEW
  3. A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas – $13.1m NEW
  4. Paranormal Activity 3 – $8.5m (-53%) $95.3m total
  5. In Time – $7.7m (-36%) $24.2m total
  6. Footloose – $4.6m (-17%) $44.8m total
  7. Real Steel – $3.4m (-29%) $78.8m total
  8. The Rum Diary – $3m (-42%) $10.4m total
  9. The Ides of March – $2m (-29%) $36.8m total
  10. Moneyball – $1.9m (-20%) $70.3m total

And that’s a $101.2m weekend for you, not as big as what we saw a few weekends ago when Paranormal Activity 3 hit its first weekend, but definitely up from “downturn” we’ve been seeing lately. Both Puss in Boots and Tower Heist performed well above expectations, even though 3D Christmas‘ disappointing weekend curbed that a bit. The box office looks in good shape, and, if Puss in Boots is able to hold onto these tiny drops from weekend to weekend, it’ll end up looking even better.

And that’s not even considering the weekend we have coming up. J. Edgar will likely be pulling the adult crowd, though Clint Eastwood-directed films don’t have much history in box office success. Immortals probably won’t be vying for that #1 spot, either. However, Jack and Jill hits. Yes, that Jack and Jill, the one with Adam Sandler and…gulp…Adam Sandler. Hating it already isn’t going to do us much favors when it finally hits next weekend. Sandler, box office Midas that he is, will likely be walking away with the top spot once again. It’s okay. You can stop flinching now.

We’ll be back on Thursday to see how the weekend is shaping up.

Jeremy's been writing about movies for a good, 15 years, starting with the film review column of his high school newspaper. He stands proud as the first person in his high school to have seen (and recommend) Pulp Fiction. Jeremy went on to get a B.A. in Cinema and Photography with a minor in journalism. His experience and knowledge of film is aided by the list of 6600 films he has seen in his life (so far). Jeremy's belief is that there are no bad films, just unrealized possibilities. Except Batman and Robin. That shit was awful.

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