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Steven Spielberg’s “Tintin” opens No. 1 in foreign markets – AWARDS ALLEY

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: Box office trackers knew Steven Spielberg’s “The Adventures of Tintin” would perform well overseas, where the lead character of Herge’s long-running comic strip is as familiar and beloved as Indiana Jones is here.

But few predicted it would do this well.

Bolstered by extremely positive reviews from international critics, Spielberg’s “Tintin” took the No. 1 slot at the foreign box office over the weekend with an estimated $55.8 million haul from 19 markets, THR reports.

“No. 1 rankings were notched in 17 of ‘Tintin’s’ opening markets with France leading the way ($21.5 million collected over five days from 935 spots), which Sony described as ‘the biggest opening ever for an original, non-sequel film from Hollywood,’” the trade reports. “Paramount said the U.K. came up with another $10.7 million from 508 spots. Spain contributed $6.65 million at 798 locations while Germany came up with $4.6 million from 847 locales.”

We’re all curious to see how “Tintin” plays in the States, where Paramount’s selling it on the names of Spielberg and producer Peter Jackson because we’re unfamiliar with the character and his exploits. But recent, action-packed trailers for the 3D, motion-capture adventure are doing an excellent job of selling Spielberg’s product. It opens here in December.

In the meantime, it’s time to start wondering if solid box office and critical response to “Tintin” can push it into the Oscar race … and not just the rechnical categories, where it’s bound to compete. Could a screenplay nod be possible, as well? We’ll see.

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About Sean O'Connell

Sean O'Connell is a nationally recognized film critic. His reviews have been published in print ('The Washington Post,' 'USA Today') and online (AMC FilmCritic.com, MSN's Citysearch) since 1996. He's a weekly contributor to several national radio programs. He is a longstanding member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA), the Online Film Critics Society (OFCS), and the Southeastern Film Critics View all articles by Sean O'Connell Association (SEFCA).

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