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Weekend Box Office: Snow White and the Huntsman opens to impressive $56.2M ($95.5M worldwide), MIB 3 leads worldwide, Prometheus has strong overseas opening + The Avengers crosses $550M domestic

Snow White and the Huntsman debuted in first place this weekend with an impressive $56.218M from 3,733 theaters. The $170M-budgeted Rupert Sanders-directed adventure film opened to $20.469M on Friday, increased 2.8% on Saturday to $21.034M and declined 30% on Sunday to $14.715M. ‘Huntsman’ topped last weekend’s “MIB 3” ($54.593M) to become the year’s fourth best opening weekend and it did so without the benefit of 3D and also while playing in nearly 500 fewer theaters than “MIB 3” (3,773 vs. 4,248). ‘Huntsman’ added an estimated $39.3M from 45 markets overseas for a worldwide opening debut of $95.555M. Top markets for the film were the U.K. ($5.5M), Mexico ($4.4M) and Germany ($4.0M).

MIB 3 may have been knocked off the top spot to fall to second place, but the film actually had a very solid hold $28.075M from 4,248 theaters (-49%). It’s 10-day cume of $111.079M is only a touch behind its predecessors: $115.648M for “Men in Black II” and $118.778M for “Men in Black”. MIB 3 also stayed strong overseas where it remained the top draw with another $78.6M bringing its foreign total to $274.6M. That’s already more than the lifetime foreign gross of Men in Black II ($251.4M) and MIB 3 will pass the lifetime foreign gross of “Men in Black” ($338.7M) within the next 7-10 days.

  • Men in Black  — $589.4M worldwide ($250.7M domestic / $338.7M foreign)
  • Men in Black II — $441.8M worldwide ($190.4M domestic / $251.4M foreign)
  • MIB 3 — $385.7M worldwide ($112.3M domestic / $274.6M foreign)
As noted, MIB 3 was first place worldwide this weekend with $106.675M.

Rounding out the top five for the weekend was Marvel’s The Avengers in third place with $20.486M ($552.95M cume), Battleship in fourth place with $5.092M ($55.405M cume) and The Dictator in fifth place with $4.702M ($50.812M). The Avengers joined “Avatar” and “Titanic” as one of only three films in the history of cinema to gross $550M or more and the film did so in a record-setting 31 days (“Avatar” took 38 days, while “Titanic” didn’t reach $550M until its 121st day of release). The Avengers added $12.4M from 54 markets for a foreign cume of $806.5M. Together with its $552.95M domestic gross, The Avengers is now at $1.359B worldwide and stands at #3 on the all-time domestic and worldwide charts:

All Time Worldwide

  1. Avatar — $2.782B
  2. Titanic — $2.185B
  3. The Avengers — $1.359B
  4. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 — $1.328B
  5. Transformers: Dark of the Moon — $1.124B

All Time Domestic

  1. Avatar — $760.508M
  2. Titanic — $658.407M
  3. The Avengers — $552.950M
  4. The Dark Knight  — $533.345M
  5. Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace — $474.545M

Another thing worth noting this week was that The Weinstein Company quietly launched Piranha 3DD into just 86 theaters this weekend. The horror comedy grossed just $182,237 and added $390,251 from foreign markets for only $572,488 worldwide. The film was released day-and-date with video-on-demand.

And lastly, Prometheus doesn’t open domestically until next weekend but the Ridley Scott-directed sci-fi blockbuster got off to a strong early start with $35M from just 15 markets overseas. Prometheus was actually first place in 14 of its 15 markets, with its biggest debut in Russia where it took in $11.1M. The U.K. followed with $9.99M with France adding $7.06M.

Prometheus expands to 35 markets, including the U.S., next weekend.

Source: Box Office Mojo, (2)