American audiences won't get a chance to see 'The Adventures of Tintin' until Dec. 21, but citizens around the globe are already buying tickets for the Steven Spielberg-directed motion-capture spectacle in seeming bulk. 'Tintin' bowed with $55.8 million in international ticket sales, finishing on top in 17 of the 19 countries where it debuted.
Based on the popular comic book series by Herge (the pen-name of Belgian artist Georges Rémi), 'The Adventures of Tintin' was most popular in France: the film opened with $21.5 million on just 935 screens, good for the biggest opening ever for a non-sequel in the country. To put that in perspective, 'Tintin' earned roughly 80 percent more than 'Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull,' 50 percent more than 'Ratatouille' and 'Alice in Wonderland' and 41 percent more than 'Spider-Man.' For the year, 'Tintin' trailed only 'Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2' in terms of opening weekend box office.

Elsewhere, 'Tintin' earned $10.7 million in the United Kingdom, $6.7 million in Spain (good for 50 percent of the entire market) and $4.6 million in Germany.

In Belgium, the film grossed $2.1 million (the second biggest opening of the year), while in Denmark it pulled in an impressive $1.6 million on just 221 screens.

Starring Jamie Bell, Daniel Craig, Andy Serkis, Nick Frost and Simon Pegg (plus Snowy the dog), 'The Adventures of Tintin' is being distributed by Paramount and Sony around the globe. It has yet to open in China, India, Australia, Mexico, South America and the United States. Expecting 'Tintin' to be one of the biggest global box-office stories for the remainder of 2011 seems like a pretty safe bet.

[via Press Release]

[Photo: Paramount]

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