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THE ADVENTURES OF TINTIN in France: Day One No.23, Between TAXI 3, NEW MOON: Box Office

The Adventures of Tintin, Jamie Bell, Andy Serkis
Andy Serkis (Captain Haddock), Jamie Bell (Tintin), The Adventures of Tintin

Peter Jackson will direct the sequel to The Adventures of Tintin: Secret of the Unicorn. We'll see if Jackson gets to beat the solid (early) box office results of Steven Spielberg's first film in the planned trilogy.

Partly assisted by costlier 3D tickets, The Adventures of Tintin earned $8.6 million in Belgium, France and the UK, where it opened on Wednesday (Oct. 26), following previews on Monday and Tuesday. In France, The Adventures of Tintin fared better than Toy Story 3 and the Shrek movies, and as per The Hollywood Reporter is expected to surpass $18 million by next Monday – reportedly placing its debut behind only James Cameron's Avatar among non-sequels.

Perhaps – if one chooses to ignore inflation and higher 3D ticket prices. For in terms of ticket sales in France, Tintin is trailing no less than 22 movies according to CBO-Box office (via excessif.com). On opening day, the Sony Pictures release (in non-English-language territories) sold 491.540 tickets, placing it way behind Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2's 732,000 tickets sold earlier this year. Overall, Tintin landed smack between Gérard Krawczyk's 2003 action comedy Taxi 3, featuring Samy Naceri, Frédéric Diefenthal, and an up-and-coming Marion Cotillard, and Chris Weitz's 2009 supernatural romance The Twilight Saga: New Moon, starring Robert Pattinson, Kristen Stewart, and Taylor Lautner. [Note: As a commenter has pointed out, I should add that Tintin opened on a Wednesday. Ah, by the way, so did Deathly Hallows 2. And New Moon. And countless other movies in France.]

Providing the French voices for The Adventures of Tintin's lead characters are Benjamin Bollen, Patrick Bethune, Gad Elmaleh, Guillaume Lebon, and Pierre Laurent. (Milou remains Milou in the French version; in the United States, Tintin's little white dog has been rebaptized Snowy.)

The Adventures of Tintin opens in the US – via Paramount – on December 25. Jamie Bell stars as Tintin; others in the cast include Daniel Craig, Toby Jones, Andy Serkis, Cary Elwes, Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, and Daniel Mays.

The Adventures of Tintin image: Paramount Pictures.

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