UPDATE: Titanic 3D gross now stands at $190M for all international territories through Wednesday. China’s is just over $85M. Pic should cross $200M for foreign on Friday and $100M in China alone on Saturday.
11 AM: The importance of the international box office for Hollywood has never been more evident than in these weeks leading up to the official May 1st start of the summer movie season. Universal’s 2D Battleship doesn’t open in the U.S. until May 18th but it’s having another strong week at the overseas box office where its month-early debut in 28 international territories and China now bring the film’s total worldwide estimate to $72.2M and close to $100M through Sunday. Pic now opens in 24 territories. Russia opens today and early estimates predict $2.1M for the day (equal to Fast Five‘s opening day). The film released in China Wednesday and grossed an estimated $3 million on its first day for the studio’s best opener in that country (ahead of Fast Five‘s $1.7M first day which was also a Wednesday).
But that didn’t close to Fox’s massive 6-day opening weekend for Titanic 3D in China for the biggest industry opening ever. Its $67M swamped Paramount’s Transformers 3 ($56M) debut there last summer. The overall international first-weekend gross for Titanic 3D was $98.9M, putting the re-release cume-to-date at $157.1M. That’s a new record for a 3D release. That speeded the worldwide lifetime total over over $2B (including the global box office from the 1997/1998 release).
After its fourth weekend in release, Lionsgate’s The Hunger Games has made an international total near $200M. Added to its domestic haul of $341M through today, it’s become the first movie in 2012 to pass $500M worldwide well on its way to $550M by the end of this weekend.