MUMBAI: After logging its biggest overseas weekend to
date grossing $95.2 million from 14,131 venues in 64
markets, 20th Century Fox's Ice Age: Continental Drift
reclaimed the No. 1 foreign box office position as it
out-did The Amazing Spider-Man.
Blue Sky Studio's sequel is the fourth title in the
increasingly remunerative computer animation franchise
that has grossed $1.918 billion worldwide over the last
Drift's weekend was the third best ever for the franchise
and the film's foreign gross total stands at $339.2
million accumulated since 25 June exceeding the figure
of $270.1 millionof Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted.
Driving its weekend box office action were openings
in 18 markets including a powerful No. 1 debut in Russia
where the film generated an astounding $16.4 million
at 2,090 sites, the biggest market opening weekend of
the year. The UK came up with $9.1 million from 1,246
spots for a market total of of $20.8 million.
film took the top spot in its second Germany with $12.4
million at 1,214 play dates for a total of $33.6 million.
In France, it remained No. 1 with $7 million generated
at 1,019 spots for a market cume of $34.3 million. In
all, the animation title ranked No. 1 in at least 30
weekend's No. 2, Sony's The Amazing Spider-Man -- fourth
in the blockbuster series, that has racked up $2.5 billion
at the worldwide box office generated $66.6 million
at 16,575 venues in 87 markets, for a foreign gross
total accumulated since June 27 of $320.4 million.
Continental Drift, the film premiered in several medium-to-small
markets including Norway, South Africa, Greece, Hungary,
Czech Republic and Romania. Spider-Man retained No.
1 holds in such larger territories as Mexico (cume $19.6
million), Brazil ($17.5 million) and India ($13.3 million).
Top territory was the U.K. where it took the weekend's
No. 2 spot with $6 million drawn from 911 situations
for market cume of $29.5 million.
overseas numbers posted by The Amazing Spider-Man and
Ice Age: Continental Drift strengthen the odds that
the "big six" Hollywood majors will set another
foreign box office record in calendar year 2012. The
current yearly high-water mark was set last year when
the companies collectively drew $13.6 billion from the
offshore theatrical circuit.