'Angels & Demons' stays on top overseas

'Battle of the Smithsonian' opens at No. 2

20th Century Fox's "Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian" could not dislodge Sony's "Angels & Demons" as the No. 1 film on the international circuit over the Memorial Day weekend.

The family comedy starring Ben Stiller opened No. 2, grossing $49 million from 8,114 screens in 93 territories while "Angels" maintained its first-place ranking for the second straight weekend with $58.4 million from 11,013 locations in 99 markets.

The sequel to "Night at the Museum," also starring Stiller and released overseas on a staggered-market basis beginning Dec. 21, 2006, "Smithsonian" will have a very hard time challenging much less exceeding the overseas boxoffice mark set by the original. "Night at the Museum" grossed a worldwide total of $572.3 million of which 56.5% (or $323.6 million) of the boxoffice revenue was generated offshore.

The biggest market for "Smithsonian" was the U.K., where it finished No. 1 with a muscular $6.8 million from 512 sites. It also finished No. 1 in France ($5 million from 696 sites), Russia ($4.4 million from 883 situations) and in Australia-New Zealand ($4.1 million from a total of 470 locations). Fox noted that the opening launch for "Smithsonian" did not include at least seven markets, including the major territories of Japan, Korea, Mexico, China, India and Norway.

"Terminator Salvation," the sci-fi action title from Sony starring Christian Bale, opened day-and-date with its domestic premiere in selected Middle East markets and in South Korea. In the latter, the fourth in the "Terminator" series is being handled by local distributor Lotte Cinema. Its debut blanketed the Korea at 694 sites for a huge $8.76 million opening gross, easily a market No. 1 and enough to qualify as the weekend's overall No. 4 attraction from the proceeds of just this one territory. A full-scale offshore splash is schedule June 3-5.

The weekend's overseas boxoffice action for "Angels & Demons" -- 38% down from the opening weekend, which is considered a good hold -- pushed the Ron Howard title to an offshore cume of $196.7 million in two frames. Worldwide total stands at $284.3 million.

A delayed Mexico debut revitalized the recently reopened market by generating a powerful $4.1 million from 801 screens. "Angels & Demons" premiered very strongly in Norway, grossing $1.9 million from just 76 locations for a per-screen average of $25,000. The follow-up to "The Da Vinci Code" registered the 11th biggest weekend opening ever in Norway. In its second Japan weekend, the Tom Hanks vehicle grossed $3.9 million from 723 locations for a territory cume of $15.8 million.

No. 3 on the weekend was Paramount's freshly reworked "Star Trek," which was No. 1 internationally two stanzas ago. The 11th in the "Star Trek" film series dialed up $11.3 million in its third weekend at 5,069 screens in 56 markets. Overseas cume stands at $87.7 million.

Fifth on the weekend was Fox's "X-Men Origins: Wolverine" -- the fourth film starring Hugh Jackman inspired by the Marvel Comics series, which kicked off the summer season as the No.1 international title three weekend ago. It drew an action-packed $7.4 million from 5,591 screens in 103 territories. International cume stands at $158.9 million.

Disney's teen pop saga "Hannah Montana: The Movie" generated $3.1 million on the weekend from 1,837 screens in 17 markets for an overseas cume so far of $31 million. The Miley Cyrus vehicle opened No. 2 in Mexico ($852,784 from 315 screens). Openings in German-speaking territories are schedule for the coming weekend.

In France, Disney opened the Jerry Bruckheimer-produced comedy "Confessions of a Shopaholic" to a No. 5 ranking with $1.5 million from 288 screens. Spanish director Pedro Almodovar's drama, "Los Abrazos Rotos (Broken Embraces) debuted via Pathe at 292 screens following its International Festival du Cannes playoff, and finished No. 3 with a $2.1 million gross. Holding well in the No. 4 market spot is UGC's "The Girl with the Dragon Tatoo," a Swedish-made mystery thriller, which collected $2 million in its second frame at 554 locations for a cume of $5.7 million.

Other international cumes: Pathe/Fox Searchlight's "Slumdog Millionaire," $230.4 million (versus $140.9 million domestic); Warner's "Gran Torino," $114.3 million; DreamWorks Animation/Paramount's "Monsters vs. Aliens," $162.8 million; Universal's "Fighting," $3.6 million; New Line's "Ghosts of Girlfriends Past," $12.4 million; DreamWorks.Paramount's "Hotel For Dogs," $42.3 million; Universal's "Fast & Furious," $192.8 million; DreamWorks/Paramount's "I Love You, Man," $10.1 million; Universal's "State of Play," $20.6 million; Paramount's "The Uninvited," $5.8 million; Focus Features.Universal's "Coraline," $21.3 million; Paramount's "Friday the 13th," $26 million; New Line's "17 Again," $53.2 million; Universal's "The Boat That Rocked," $21.8 million; New Line's "He's Just Not That Into You," $71.7 million; and Universal's "The Last House on the Left," $2.7 million.
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