The Dark Knight garners $122.1 mn in opening weekend

MUMBAI: Going by its weekend results, Warner Brothers‘ The Dark Knight Rises was seen ruling the foreign theatrical circuit, garnering $122.1 million from around 17,000 venues in 57 markets.

This is a nearly 40 per cent increase from the Batman sequel‘s opening that generated $88 million from 7,173 sites in just 17 markets. This pushed the film‘s foreign gross total way past the $200-million mark to $248.2 million.

Dark Knight Rises introduced itself in some 40 markets including No. 1 bows in France ($11.3 million at 892 sites including previews), Germany ($9.9 at 718 spots including previews) and in Mexico ($9.8 million at 1,141 situations). The film also premiered in Russia ($8.7 million at 1,310 screens including previews), Brazil ($6.6 million at 931 sites) and in Japan ($6 million including previews).

Top holdover market was the UK where the film roped in $10.6 million from 598 spots for a market total of $47 million. Australia delivered $7.8 million in round two from 628 sites, pushing the overall total to $27.5 million. Average drop from opening round grosses in U.K., Australia, Korea and Spain was 52 per cent.

The aftermath of the theater shooting in Aurora, Colorado seems not to have significantly affected second round foreign action. The film still has a long way to go to catch up to the overseas gross total of $469 million registered by 2008‘s The Dark Knight.

Passing the half-billion foreign gross mark ($514.1 million) was the weekend‘s No. 2 title, Ice Age: Continental Drift, that grossed $49.4 million at 15,924 venues in 69 markets. That puts the latest sequel in the computer animation franchise within very distant hailing distance of the best-grosser of the series, 2009‘s Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs, that grossed a total of $693.9 million offshore.

Continental Drift opened No. 1 in China, registering $15.7 million at some 3,500 locations, and also benefited from strong introductions in South Korea ($3.1 million at 501 sites) and in India ($1.5 million at 238 spots), both of which set market records for a Fox animation title.

At the No. 4 position was The Amazing Spider-Man the fourth title in the blockbuster series, which has been playing overseas since June 27 -- elevated is foreign gross total to $412.7 million thanks to a $12.2 million weekend at 9,920 sites in 86 markets. Distributor Sony said the sequel is the top grosser of the franchise in 30 markets. Biggest offshore title of the series is 2007‘s Spider-Man 3 (bagging a total of $554.3 million).

Pixar‘s Brave continues to chug along on a measured release pattern overseas, playing in 24 territories -- which distributor Disney describes as about 38% of the international market. Weekend tally for the animation title was $9.6 million, elevating the film‘s foreign gross total to $92 million. (Domestic cume stands at $217.3 million.) Brave is the weekend‘s No. 5 title.

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