$52.2 mil 'Shrek' tops 'Eclipse' overseas

'Inception' lands at No. 5, 'Sorcerer's' hits 10% of market

DreamWorks Animation's "Shrek Forever After" in 3D supplanted the latest "Twilight Saga" installment as the top-grossing weekend title on the foreign theatrical circuit, snaring boxoffice of grossing $51.2 million from 7,430 locations in 39 markets.

The weekend was the first to find "Shrek" occupying the No. 1 spot. Opening on the foreign circuit on May 20, the Paramount release has been pursuing since then a graduated overseas rollout. "Shrek's" foreign gross total now stands at $292.5 million.

The fourth installment of the hugely successful animation franchise opened in 10 markets, and finished No. 1 in each. Best of the newcomers was Mexico where the weekend tally was $6.9 million from 666 situations. A third round, U.K. holdover generated $6.4 million from 528 venues, lifting the market cume to $37.3 million.

"Shrek" also scored strongly in Germany, Brazil and France. In South Korea, where it is being distributed by C.J. Entertainment, the film finished No. 2 in its third market round with $2.45 million drawn from 453 venues. Korea cume stands at $16 million.

Finishing No. 2 after occupying the top sport for two consecutive weekends was Summit Int'l.'s "The Twilight Saga: Eclipse,: which drew an estimated $42 million from 8,840 sites in 69 markets. Overseas cume stands at an estimated $288 million. A No. 1 Germany debut at 765 screens generated an estimated $10.1 million.
 
Opening No. 1 in the all-important U.K. market – and in the No. 5 spot on the weekend overall -- was Warner Bros.' "Inception" starring Leonardo DiCaprio. In the U.K., the film drew $9 million from 783 screens or about 40% of the combined gross action for the market's top five titles.. It was the biggest U.K. debut for any film toplining the actor, said Warners.

The weekend debut in total furnished $16.5 million for this sci-fi thriller from director Christopher Nolan -- his first feature since 2008's "The Dark Knight" -- from 1,828 situations. Besides the U.K., opening markets included Taiwan, Philippines, Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia, India and Thailand. In addition, "Inception" opened runs at 21 IMAX venues overseas, grossing $781,706 for a per-screen average of 37,224.

"Inception " will debut in another 29 markets this week including France, Russia, Australia, Korea, Japan and Mexico.
 
Disney's "The Sorcerer's Apprentice" premiered in just 10% of the overseas marketplace, grossing $9.5 million from 1,085 screens in 13 territories. The Jerry Bruckheimer-produced action-fantasy costarring Nicolas Cage and Jay Baruchel performed especially well in Russia, drawing an estimated $5 million from 425 screens, or nearly 60% of the total weekend take. Openings in nine new markets including Korea are set for this week.

Third on the weekend was "Toy Story 3" in 3D, which captured $32.9 million from 3,452 sites in 41 markets. After playing about 60% of the foreign territories, the Pixar/Disney animation title has rolled up a cume of $267.5 million, making it the 10th biggest Disney hit overseas.

Worldwide, "Toy Story 3" has grossed $630.2 million, the 10th biggest-grossing animation title ever released. In France, it was market's top weekend title with a gross tally of $9.6 million drawn from 735 locations. Openings in the U.K. and Spain are due this week.

Opening a solid No. 1 in Australia ($3.26 million from 360 sites) was 20th Century Fox's "Knight &Day," which grossed $19.6 million overall from 5,256 screens in 49 territories, sufficient to claim the No. 4 spot on the weekend. Overseas gross total so far stands at $63.1 million.
 
After a leisurely foreign start, boxoffice for the action-comedy costarring Tom Cruise and Cameron Diaz is picking up some steam in overseas markets. First place debuts were also notched in Norway, Lithuania and in a second China stanza ($2.46 million from 1,158 screens; market cume, $9 million).

Fox's "Predators" played on 3,893 foreign screens on the weekend in 31 markets for a gross of $11.2 million. Cume so far for the sci-fi-action vehicle starring Adrien Brody stands at $37.3 million. A France opening generated $2 million from 384 locations.
 
Dominating South Korea was C.J. Entertainment's release of director Kang Woo-suk's "Moss," a mystery thriller based on a popular internet cartoon. The film's No. 1 debut tally was $7 million for a $8,216 per-screen average, impressive considering its large market break at 863 locations.

It may have been excoriated by critics in the U.S. but Russia is more favorably disposed to "The Last Airbender." More than half the full weekend take for director M. Night Shyamalan's fantasy adventure based on a Nickelodeon animated TV series came from Russia. Overall, "Airbender" grossed $5 million on the weekend from 1,282 sites in five markets, lifting its early international cume to $18.6 million.
 
Still in early international release, Universal's "Despicable Me" drew $4.7 million on the weekend from 513 locations in eight territories. Overseas gross total stands at $12 million. Nearly half the weekend total for this family oriented, computer generated 3D animation featuring the voice of Steve Carell came from Russia where the weekend tally was $2.3 million from 183 sites for an 11-day market total of $7.5 million.

Sony's "The Karate Kid" opened June 9 on the foreign circuit, and has grossed a total of $52.5 million so far. The update costarring Jackie Chan and Jaden Smith of the 1980's title provided $4.3 million on the weekend from 1,295 screens in 28 markets (including China where the film is being handled by a local distributor).

Fox's "Marmaduke," opened in Germany ($1.5 million from 507 locations), and drew $2.6 million on the weekend overall from 1,267 screens in 18 territories. Overseas cume for the live action adaptation of a newspaper cartoon about an unruly Great Dane stands at $21.8 million.
 
Other international cumes: Fox's "The A-Team," $59.8 million; Universal's "Get Him To The Greek," $20.6 million; Lionsgate's "Killers," estimated $25 million; Universal's "Nanny McPhee and the Big Bang," $61.4 million; LePacte's "Tournee" ("On Tour"), $3 million over three rounds in France only; Universal's "Hanni Und Nanni," $3.4 million in Germany and Austria only; Sony's "Grown Ups," $9.5 million; Universal's "Robin Hood," $204.2 million; Sony's "The Back Up Plan," $38.9 million; Universal's "Fatal," $8 million over 33 days in France only; and Universal's "Black Lightning," $21.8 million from eight markets).
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