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New hit film "2012" beats estimate by $5 million

 Cast member John Cusack arrives for the premiere of the film
Cast member John Cusack arrives for the premiere of the film '2012' at Regal Cinemas LA Live in downtown Los Angeles, November 3, 2009. REUTERS/Danny Moloshok
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LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Disaster movie "2012" wreaked even more havoc at the box-office than expected, Columbia Pictures said on Monday, taking in $230.4 million worldwide on its opening weekend.

Sony said the movie that uses the Mayan calendar and other end-of-days prophecies to depict the world's demise came in above its initial box office estimate on Sunday of $225 million globally. Moviegoers in North America chipped in $65.2 million, while international audiences contributed $165.2 million.

The only major market where it is not playing is Japan, where the film opens next weekend.

Columbia, a unit of Sony Corp, said "2012" recorded the highest worldwide opening ever for an original film not based on an established franchise, brand or best-selling novel.

The overall record of $394 million was set earlier this year by "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince." "2012" ranks at No. 9.

(Reporting by Jill Serjeant)

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