While New Moon surpassed the $200 million mark domestically this weekend, it’s no surprise that the film is doing well at the box office internationally as well. Variety is reporting some cool figures on it’s international success:
– “New Moon” nabbed the No. 1 opening of all time in Australia ($15 million) and New Zealand ($2.6 million).
– In France, “New Moon” debuted to $19.3 million from 755 prints via SND after unspooling Nov. 18, the ninth-best weekend ever for a U.S. title. This was the No. 2 opening of the year after “Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince,” which went out on 200 more copies. France was the top territory for “Twilight” at $23 million — “New Moon” did almost as much in just its bow.
– “New Moon” grossed $19.3 million in the U.K.
– Sequel pulled in $14.2 million from 699 screens over its five-day opening in Italy, via Eagle Pictures. The boffo outing marked Italy’s second top bow ever for a pic opening on a Wednesday after “Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl.” Pic’sItalo take over the three-day weekend was $9.8 million for a $14,000 per-screen average.
“This is even beyond our, and the exhibitors’, high expectations,” says Eagle’s head of acquisitions Maria Grazia Vairo.
– Spanish distrib Aurum reports “New Moon” pocketed $11.4 million over the weekend. “New Moon” went out on 634 playdates for a screen average of $18,450. Pic, which bowed Nov. 18, recorded a five-day take of $14.6 million, and is the fifth-best opener ever.
– In Russia it grossed $7 million from 650 screens, according to initial figures collected by Russian Film Business Today. Gross is ahead of other recent strong first weekend openings such as “Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs,” which opened with a $3.7 million gross. and last year local wartime satire “Hitler Kaput” did $5.2 million over its first weekend.
– In Mexico, “New Moon” grossed $7.8 million, with $1.6 million coming in midnight shows alone Nov. 20.“New Moon’s” next assault: Germany and Portugal over the Nov. 27-29 weekend.