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'Wrath of the Titans' Box Office: Beating 'The Hunger Games' Overseas?

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Wrath of the Titans Minotaur Spencer Wilding
Wrath of the Titans' Minotaur (Spencer Wilding)

While Gary Ross' The Hunger Games will undoubtedly top the North American box office this weekend, there's a very good chance that the international box office crown will go to Wrath of the Titans, which is opening in 60 territories, including most major ones (Japan is one exception).

In the U.S. and Canada, Wrath of the Titans is going to land at no. 2 with an expected $35 million or whereabouts for the weekend (several million more than Deadline's sources predicted last night) after collecting on Friday an estimated $12.42 million – including $1 million from Thursday midnight screenings – at 3,545 theaters, among them approximately 4,400 3D and 290 IMAX screens.

Even so, at the domestic box office Wrath of the Titans will fare far worse than Clash of the Titans, which opened with $61.23 million two years ago. The first movie was lambasted for its poor 2D-to-3D conversion; the sequel has been lambasted for just about everything, except its special effects. Both movies star Avatar's Sam Worthington.

International prospects, on the other hand, are good for Wrath of the Titans:

  • a) it's a sequel; brand recognition seems to be remarkably important abroad
  • b) it's filled with mind-numbing action and special effects that have helped movies as diverse as Daniel Radcliffe's Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 and Roland Emmerich's 2012 to become major international blockbusters
  • c) Clash of the Titans grossed $330 million internationally – more than twice the film's box office take in North America.

Anyhow, Wrath of the Titans better perform quite well, as it cost Warner Bros. a reported $150 million – about twice the amount Lionsgate spent on The Hunger Games.

Directed by Battle Los Angeles / the upcoming Ninja Turtles' Jonathan Liebesman, in addition to Sam Worthington Wrath of the Titans features Schindler's List / Kinsey's Liam Neeson, The English Patient / Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2's Ralph Fiennes, Carlos' Édgar Ramírez, War Horse / Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time's Toby Kebbell, Devil You Know / Johnny English Reborn's Rosamund Pike, Love Actually's Bill Nighy, Danny Huston, John Bell, Spencer Wilding, and Lily James.

See also: Jennifer Lawrence / Josh Hutcherson / Liam Hemsworth / THE HUNGER GAMES Box Office: Plummets

Sam Worthington / Wrath of the Titans photo: Jay Maidment / Warner Bros.

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Sam Worthington, Wrath of the Titans

As per Deadline.com, there's "zero doubt" that The Hunger Games will top not only the domestic box office, but also the international one. Now, there's really less than zero doubt that the Gary Ross / Jennifer Lawrence movie will remain at the top in the United States / Canada, but also overseas?

Last weekend, The Hunger Games opened with an acceptable $59.25 million in 67 territories. But if it drops 50 percent this weekend – something quite possible – the futuristic adventure drama would gross only about $30 million. If so, could Wrath of the Titans beat it?

Wrath of the Titans is expected to earn $29 million in North America at 3,545 theaters, among them approximately 4,400 3D and 290 IMAX screens. The adventure fantasy's estimated Friday take is $11.2 million, including a just okay $1 million from Thursday midnight screenings.

Additionally, Wrath of the Titans is opening in 60 territories, including most major ones. If it earns about as much (or more) overseas as it's expected to earn in North America, the Clash of the Titans sequel starring Sam Worthington could easily surpass The Hunger Games. International prospects are good for Wrath of the Titans:

  • a) it's a sequel; brand recognition seems to be remarkably important abroad
  • b) it's filled with mind-numbing action and special effects that have helped movies as diverse as Daniel Radcliffe's Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 and Roland Emmerich's 2012 become major international blockbusters
  • c) Clash of the Titans grossed $330 million internationally – more than twice the film's box office take in North America.

We shall see whether Hunger or Wrath will come out on top abroad. Either way, Wrath of the Titans better perform quite well, as it cost Warner Bros. a reported $150 million – about twice the amount Lionsgate spent on The Hunger Games.

Directed by Battle Los Angeles / the upcoming Ninja Turtles' Jonathan Liebesman, Wrath of the Titans features Avatar's Sam Worthington, Kinsey's Liam Neeson, The English Patient's Ralph Fiennes, Carlos' Édgar Ramírez, Toby Kebbell, Rosamund Pike, Bill Nighy, Danny Huston, John Bell, and Lily James.

Sam Worthington / Wrath of the Titans photo: Jay Maidment / Warner Bros.

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