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

  1. zac

    Simon,

    Thanks for writing.

    My sentence wasn’t clear. I knew Tintin’s adventures were translated into English decades ago. (Though the additional - and very interesting - info you provided was news to me.)

    I get your point about “Avatar,” but the number of tickets sold is a pretty clear indicator of a movie’s success at the box office. Dollar figures are misleading, especially when we’re talking about foreign revenues converted to US dollars…

    Once again, thanks for writing. And I’ll make sure to check out your Tintin site.

  2. Snowy has not been re-baptized for the film - he’s been Snowy in English for the last 53 years!

    Hergé thought the name was great when it was picked by Leslie Lonsdale-Cooper and Michael Turner for the 1958 Methuen translations, and when the Golden Press made different translations of the books for the U.S. in 1959, they were instructed to use Snowy as the dog’s name, not Milou or Buddy (the Golden Press’s choice, as “Snowy” was a brand of bleach at the time).

    He was so taken with it that he actually bases a joke around it in the French original of “Tintin au Tibet”: the monks describe the “little dog, with fur like morning snow”…

    As for studio spin, every and all of the movies you mention will have been spun in some way: so we can only ever guess at true success. If “Avatar” figures were adjusted to remove the proportion of the audience members who saw it based on the hype, and then thought it was a really bad movie, would there be enough interest for a sequel…? ;-)

  3. zac

    Although your point is well taken - I should have added that “Tintin” opened on a weekday - it’s just as moronic to disregard inflation and 3D ticket costs. Or to read my post as “defeatist.”

    My chief point is that attendance was not at all mentioned in the English-language reports I read, when THAT is the true measure of a film’s success.

    We’ll see how well “Tintin” does once weekend figures (ticket sales) are tallied. I’m expecting it’ll do quite well, though probably not nearly as well as the studio’s inevitable spin would lead you to believe.

  4. Proman

    What a moronically defeatist post. Tintin opened on a WEEKDAY not a weekend like most of the other films listed. Nothing can downplay the terrific performance and staying power it will show!







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