$66.2 Million 'Narnia' Debuts Atop Int'l Box Office
UPDATED: The holiday season on the foreign theatrical circuit accelerated sharply over the weekend as The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader in 3D launched at 10,159 screens in 58 markets, easily taking the circuit's No. 1 boxoffice spot with a $66.2 million take.
Distributor 20th Century Fox said the third installment in the Chronicles of Narniaseries based on the religion-infused novels of C.S. Lewisopened early last week at both 3D and conventional screens in Australia (where the latest Narniawas shot), India and Spain largely to take advantage of available 3D locations in those markets.
Thus Dawn Treader's international cume to date stands at $80.2 million. Fox notes that the film has yet to play such key offshore markets as Japan, China, Germany, Italy, Poland, Argentina and the Scandinavian countries.
The Walden Media/Fox 2000 Pictures co-production, directed by Michael Apted, took the No. 1 spot in at least 42 markets on the weekend with Russia leading the list ($10.9 million generated from 1,284 venues). Mexico provided generated $7.3 million from 1,705 locations, the third highest opening tally recorded in the market by any Fox title.
France came up with $6.2 million from 536 sites. South Korea provided $5.2 million from 502 situations while the U.K. -- despite frigid weekend weather – kicked in $3.9 million from 536 sites. Second weekend Australia market cume stands at $5.6 million; Spain, $8.9 million; and India, $4.6 million.
In general 3D screens (4,584) accounted for 45% of the total venues but provided 66% of the total box office. Fox said this is the first of the Narnia titles to be released in most oversea markets prior to school holidays. "With most of those holidays kicking in (this coming) weekend, we expect to have a high multiple as we play throughout the holiday season."
The holiday season picks up additional steam this week with the foreign opening of Tron: Legacy, Disney's 3D sequel to 1982's Tron.
Opening No. 1 in Taiwan (drawing $593,390 from 63 screens), No. 2 in Korea ($2.5 million from 417 sites) and No. 3 in the U.K. via Optimum ($2.1 million from 413 locations) was Sony and other distributors' The Tourist, costarring Johnny Depp and Angelina Jolie. Director Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck's thriller set in Venice captured $7.4 million overall in its debut from 1,125 screens in 15 markets, and took the No. 5 spot overseas on the weekend.
No. 2 was Warner Bros.' Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1, the seventh title in theHarry Potter franchise, which had been No. 1 overseas for three straight rounds. Latest frame drew $30.9 million from more than 12,000 screens in 63 territories. Deathly Hallows' foreign gross total stands at $521.9 million versus its domestic cume of $257.7 million. A Korea opening is due this week.
No. 3 was Disney Animation's Tangled, which drew $22.3 million from 4,644 screens in 18 territories representing, says Disney, 45% of the international marketplace.
Finishing No. 1 in Germany ($6.3 million from 598 locations, beating its closest competitor by 40%), Italy ($1.9 million from 584 spots in its second market-topping round; cume $10 million) and Austria, the 3D animation retelling of the classic Rapunzel tale has accumulated a foreign gross of $78.2 million over three rounds.
No. 4 on the weekend was DreamWorks Animation's Megamind, which opened via Paramount in four markets notably including Australia (No. 1 with $3.4 million from 255 venues). The comedy-fantasy animation in 3D, voiced by Will Ferrell, Brad Pitt and Tina Fey, grossed $10.7 million overall from 3,465 locations in 27 markets for a foreign cume so far of $66.4 million.
In Japan, Tokyo Broadcasting System/Toho's Space Battleship Yamato retained the No. 1 slot for the second consecutive round. The futuristic sci-fi adventure bagged $4.7 million from 440 situations for a market cume of $20.9 million.
Warner's Due Date drew $4.4 million from some 2,050 situations in 54 markets. Offshore cume for the comedy costarring Robert Downey Jr. and Zach Galifianakis comes to $89.8 million.
Director David Fincher's The Social Network from Sony generated $2.2 million from 1,136 screens in 47 markets. Foreign cume for the drama about Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg stands at nearly $100 million ($97.7 million). Taking $2.16 million from 982 situations in 25 territories was Paramount's docu-action comedy Jackass 3D, which lifted its offshore cume to $51.3 million.
Opening in Japan was Universal's Robin Hood, garnering $2 million from 298 screens and taking the market's No. 4 spot. Foreign box office total for director Ridley Scott's treatment of the legendary, 13th century English brigand comes to $209 million since the Russell Crowevehicle opened abroad in May.
Top local language title in France was De Vrais Mensonges (Full Treatment), a contemporary drama about a hairdresser (Audrey Tautou) who passes along a passionate love letter to her widowed mother (Nathalie Baye). The Pathe release opened No. 4 in the market at some 400 dates drawing $1.7 million.
Other international cumes:Despicable Me, $288.4 million; Focus Features/Universal's The Kids Are All Right, $3.7 million; Gaumont's A Bout Portant (Point Blank), $3.9 million over two rounds in France only; Universal'sDevil, $21.4 million; Mars Distribution's Potiche(Puppet), $17.5 million over five stanzas in France only; Universal's La Donna Della Mia Vita, $3.5 million in 17 days in Italy only; UGC Distribution's Les Nom Des Gens(People's Names), $3.3 million over three frames in France only; Universal's Julia's Eyes, $9.2 million over 45 days in Spain only; and Gaumont's L'apprenti per noel(Santa's Apprentice), $2.3 million over three rounds in France only.
Also, Fox's Unstoppable, $55.2 million; Sony and other distributors' Machete, $15.4 million; The Weinstein Co.'s Piranha 3D, $54.8 million; Focus Features/Universal's Biutiful, $8.6 million; Universal's Scott Pilgrim vs. The World, $15.8 million; The Weinstein Co.'s Nowhere Boy, $4.8 million; Focus Features' Somewhere, $5.4 million; Paramount's Paranormal Activity 2, $84 million; Sony's Eat Pray Love, $123.4 million; Focus Features/Universal's The American, $29.9 million; Paramount/Shochiku's Ghost: In Your Arms Again, $9.8 million in Japan only; Sony's Easy A, $14.3 million; Focus Features' Another Year, $3.1 million; and Fox's Vampire's Suck, $43.9 million.