Andy Serkis as Captain Haddock, The Adventures of Tintin
With Tom Cruise performing impossible stunts in Brad Bird’s live-action Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol, Tintin’s motion-captured stunts in Steven Spielberg’s The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn may look a tad less compelling. At least in English-speaking North America.
Whereas The Adventures of Tintin has grossed $239 million overseas, in the U.S. and Canada the adventure tale featuring the intrepid Belgian hero opened with a disappointing $2.3 million on Wednesday, Dec. 21, according to figures found at Box Office Mojo. (Tintin had already earned about $3.2 million in Quebec, where it opened on Dec. 9.) Tintin’s top foreign market is France, where it has pulled in $53m; it’s currently the fourth biggest 2011 release in that country, after local box office hits The Intouchables and Nothing to Declare, and David Yates/Daniel Radcliffe/Ralph Fiennes’ Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2.
Co-produced by Peter Jackson, The Adventures of Tintin features Jamie Bell as Tintin, Daniel Craig, Andy Serkis, Simon Pegg, Cary Elwes, Toby Jones, and Nick Frost.
At no. 6, Garry Marshall’s New Year’s Eve brought in $1.05m. The all-star omnibus comedy-drama stars Michelle Pfeiffer, Zac Efron, Robert De Niro, Halle Berry, Jessica Biel, Katherine Heigl, Ashton Kutcher, Lea Michele, Sarah Jessica Parker, Josh Duhamel, Hilary Swank, and others.
At no. 7, Sarah Smith/James McAvoy’s Arthur Christmas drew $667k, while Amy Adams/Jason Segel’s The Muppets added $586k at no. 8. They were followed by Jonah Hill’s The Sitter with $553k at no. 9.
At no. 10, Bill Condon’s The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1 is the only movie among the top ten to have been out for more than 30 days. Starring Robert Pattinson, Kristen Stewart, and Taylor Lautner, Breaking Dawn 1 raked in $515k. Total to date: $268.19m.
The extensive Breaking Dawn cast includes Peter Facinelli, Elizabeth Reaser, Kellan Lutz, Ashley Greene, Nikki Reed, Jackson Rathbone, Dakota Fanning, MyAnna Buring, Booboo Stewart, and Michael Sheen.
Plus Maggie Grace, Lee Pace, Sarah Clarke, Anna Kendrick, Christian Serratos, Christopher Heyerdahl, Michael Welch, Christian Camargo, Julia Jones, Gil Birmingham, Kiowa Gordon, Billy Burke, Bronson Pelletier, Charlie Bewley, Tyson Houseman, Daniel Cudmore, Jamie Campbell Bower, Casey LaBow, Mia Maestro, and Alex Meraz.
The Adventures of Tintin picture: Paramount Pictures.