'Avatar' wins 11th weekend overseas

'Shutter Island,' 'Percy Jackson' tie at No. 2

Hanging on for what will be its farewell round atop  the foreign circuit, 20th Century Fox's "Avatar" on the weekend made it 11 straight stanzas in the No. 1 spot by grossing $39.8 million from 6,626 screens in 70 markets.

Total foreign take by director James Cameron's 3D blockbuster now stands at $1.849 billion -- thus surpassing the $1.843 billion worldwide boxoffice total rolled up by the director's 1997 former record holder, "Titanic."

"Avatar's" worldwide cume is $2.556 billion. To date, its foreign gross is more than 2 1/2 times its domestic cume of $706.6 million. In addition to setting a new theatrical attendance record in South Korea (where its market cume stands at $105 million), "Avatar" is now the biggest-grossing title ever to play Italy (market cume, $90 million).

The biggest "Avatar" market on the weekend was Germany, where the weekend take was $4.3 million from 498 locations for a territory cume of $139.7 million. Top market overall remains France, where the Cameron epic has grossed a total of $168.9 million thus far.

"Avatar's " foreign reign will be usurped by the opening this week of Disney's "Alice in Wonderland," director Tim Burton's 3D reimagining of Lewis Carroll's classic starring Johnny Depp, in 41 foreign markets representing about 60% of the total offshore marketplace.

Italy and Sweden kick off Wednesday, followed by openings in 26 additional territories Thursday including Australia, German-speaking Europe, Korea and Russia. On Friday, "Alice" will set down in 13 more markets including Mexico, Poland, Taiwan and the United Kingdom.

Handled overseas by Paramount in all markets except Spain, Italy, Germany, Austria and Russia, director Martin Scorsese's "Shutter Island" grossed $20.6 million from 2,262 screens in 20 territories on the weekend for an early foreign cume of $35 million. It placed No. 2 on the weekend.

France led the way with No. 1 bow of $8.3 million from 500 venues, making "Shutter Island's" opening surge easily the biggest ever in the market for a Scorsese title. No. 1 openings also were recorded in Belgium, Portugal and Taiwan, plus a No. 1 second-frame holdover in Spain.

In Germany, the drama starring Leonardo DiCaprio about a prisoner disappearance at a remote insane asylum opened at No. 2 via Concorde with $3.7 million drawn from 473 screens. "Shutter Island" drew a $10,901 average per screen in its No. 1 debut in Austria, grossing $446,958 from 41 locations.

Garnering $19.5 million on the weekend -- and ranking No. 3 -- was Fox's adventure fantasy "Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief," which played 6,759 screens in 65 territories for a foreign cume to date of $95.8 million. Japan led the way with a No. 2 opening and $4.2 million secured from 561 locations.

Rolling up $3.3 million in its Russia opening at 433 screens was Universal's classic horror update "The Wolfman," which grabbed an estimated $10.7 million overall from 4,303 venues in 55 territories. Foreign cume for the Benicio Del Toro-Anthony Hopkins-Emily Blunt vehicle stands at $63.2 million with five more markets to play including Japan on April 22. It ranks No. 4 on the weekend.

A close No. 5 is Warner Bros. romantic comedy "Valentine's Day," which seduced an estimated $10.4 million from about 4,300 screens in 64 markets. International cume stands at $87.5 million.

Disney's "The Princess and the Frog," grossed $8.2 million from 3,019 screens in 35 territories for a foreign cume to date of $143.1 million. In France the hand-drawn animation wound the weekend No. 2 with $3.1 million drawn from 689 locations for a France cume of $29.9 million.

Warner's "Sherlock Homes" upped its foreign cume to $276.5 million thanks to a $7.8 million weekend at 2,785 sites in 47 markets. The same distributor's "Invictus" from director Clint Eastwood drew $6.4 million from 2,586 screens in 39 markets for a foreign cume to date of $71.9 million. An Italy opening produced $2.8 million from 440 sites.



Buoyed by openings in a dozen markets, including Spain and Korea, DreamWorks/Paramount's "The Lovely Bones" garnered $5.7 million on the weekend from a total of 4,276 screens in 28 territories. Foreign cume to date is $34.2 million. Director Peter Jackson's fantasy thriller placed No. 2 in its second U.K. weekend with $1.79 million generated from 424 sites for a market cume of $5.7 million.

"The Blind Side,"  the surprise hit drama starring Oscar nominee Sandra Bullock as a mentor to a football payer, finally arrived overseas at 320 screens in eight markets for a weekend take of $3.1 million. (Foreign cume stands at $4 million.) A No. 1 Australia bow generated $2.6 million from 221 sites. A U.K. bow is set for March 12.

Paramount's "The Crazies," a remake of director George Romero's 1973 horror cult favorite, premiered at No. 3 in the U.K. by generating $1.78 million from 345 sites. Opening at No. 18 in the U.K. was Sony's release of the CBS Films co-production "Extraordinary Measures," a medical drama with Harrison Ford and Brendan Fraser. The premiere weekend came up with $215,000 from 258 screens.

"It's Complicated," Universal's romantic comedy starring Meryl Streep, pushed its foreign cume within earshot of the $100 million mark ($90.3 million) thanks to a $3.9 million weekend at 1,678 screens in 39 territories. A No. 3 Brazil opening generated $983,000 from 166 sites.

Sony's durable family-oriented title "Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs," which has been playing the foreign circuit since Sept. 16, drew another $2.75 million on the weekend from 1,238 screens in 20 markets for an overseas cume of $112.8 million.

Coming in with $2.8 million from 1,375 situations in 40 markets was director Jason Reitman's "Up in the Air," starring George Clooney, which has grossed a total of $68.8 million thus far overseas.

Opening a strong No. 1 in Italy was Filmauro's "Genitori & Figli: Agitare bene prima dell'uso," director Giovannie Veronesi's comedy about generational frictions between parents and offspring. Debut stanza at 471 spots produced $3.9 million.

A local-language newcomer in France was EuropaCorp.'s "Coursier" ("Motorcycle Courier"), director Herve Renoh's comedy about a hard-pressed deliveryman and his girlfriend. Its debut at 241 screens generated $1.15 million and a No. 10 ranking. Third in the market in its second round was ARP Distribution's "Le Mac" (The Pimp), a comedy from director Pascal Bourdiaux, which drew an estimated $3 million from 470 locations for a France-only cume of $8.5 million.

Other international cumes: Fox's "My Name Is Khan," $29.4 million; Focus Features/Universal's "A Serious Man," $19 million; Sony's "Did You Hear About the Morgans?" $48.8 million; Fox's "Hot Summer Days," $16.3 million; Lionsgate's "Brothers," estimated $9.4 million; Universal's "Couples Retreat," $61.1 million; Lionsgate's "The Spy Next Door," estimated $13.7; Fox's "Fantastic Mr. Fox," $22.6 million; Showbox's "The Secret Reunion," estimated $25 million in South Korea only ; Sony's "Friendship!" $14.5 million in Germany and Austria only; Lionsgate's "Daybreakers," estimated $11.7 million; and Fox's "Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel," $220.2 million.

Also, Fox's "The Tooth Fairy," $37.8 million; Universal's "Serge Gainsbourgh, vie heroique," $9.3 million over six weeks in France only; Disney's "Old Dogs," $44.4 million; Paramount's "Celda 211," $18.2 million in Spain only; Pathe/Gaga/Universum's "Oceans," $46.7 million in France, Japan and Germany only; Dimension/Paramount's "Youth in Revolt," $3.2 million from U.K. only; Disney's "When in Rome," $2.4 million; Summit/Sony's "Book of Eli," $30.9 million; Sony's 'Friendship," $14.6 million in Germany and Austria only; and the Weinstein Co.'s "Nine," $22.4 million.
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