'Basterds' rolling overseas
Tarantino's film has grossed $59.4 mil internationallyShowing staying power overseas especially in holdover markets, Universal's "Inglourious Basterds" fought its way to the No. 1 spot during its second consecutive round on the international circuit, grossing $19.8 million for the weekend at 2,857 sites in 31 territories and raising its foreign gross to $59.4 million.
Encountering limited fresh competition, director Quentin Tarantino's World War II opus starring Brad Pitt opened No. 1 in six of nine new markets and finished first in such holdover territories as Australia, France and Germany. Overall, "Basterds" finished down a relatively tame 28% from its opening-weekend tally of $27.5 million. Its worldwide total is $133.2 million.
Opening on the foreign circuit was New Line's "The Final Destination," which finished No. 3 overall for the weekend. The total take via Warner Bros. and other distributors was $10.7 million from 885 screens (3D and conventional sites) in four territories. A No. 1 U.K. bow produced a hefty $5.95 million from a total of 550 situations.
Director Ang Lee's comedy "Taking Woodstock" premiered via Universal in Australia and New Zealand for $101,740 from 54 locations.
"Basterds," an update of director Enzo Castellari's 1978 Italian action film about renegade soldiers fighting American and Nazi forces in France, opened No. 1 in the Netherlands with $1.3 million garnered from 78 locations for a mighty $16,667 per-screen average.
In France, "Basterds" drew $4.2 million during its second frame at 507 sites for a 12-day market total of $12.4 million. Australia generated $1.8 million from 266 situations for an 11-day cume of $5.7 million, while Germany provided $3.3 million from 461 locations for a market cume of $9.5 million.
"Basterds'" international run already is on track to become the biggest to date for a Tarantino film. The director's titles have had a mixed record overseas: "Pulp Fiction" grossed $101.9 million offshore in 1994 and 2003's "Kill Bill: Vol. 1" also topped the $100 million mark ($111.4 million), according to the Weinstein Co. But "Kill Bill: Vol. 2" grossed $86.6 million in 2004 and 2007's "Death Proof" logged only $28.7 on the foreign circuit.
At No. 2 on the weekend was 20th Century Fox's "Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs," which grossed $16.1 million from 5,458 locations in 51 markets. Fox said the animated film's Italian debut ($10.7 million from 902 sites for a lusty $11,863 per-screen average) was the year's biggest weekend opening in any market and the distributor's biggest market bow to date. "Ice Age's" overseas cume is $637 million, making the threequel the seventh-biggest international boxoffice hit in industry history.
Ranking fourth and fifth on the weekend were two phenomenally popular local language, single-market attractions. Toho's release of "20-seki shonen: saishu-sho-bokura no hata" (20th Century Boys – Chapter 3) was a dominant No. 1 in Japan. The final installment in a trilogy of futuristic, live-action thrillers based on Japanese manga drew a whopping $9.34 million from 374 sites for a nearly $25,000 per-screen average.
No. 5 was Fox's Russian acquisition, "Kanikuly strogogo rezhima" (High Security Vacation), director Igor Zaitsev's adventure-comedy about a pair of prison escapees who join a civic-minded youth group. Opening round in Russia at 1,035 situations provided $8.9 million or nearly $8,600 per screen.
Warners' "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince" generated $8.3 million from 5,000 screens in 62 markets. Its international cume is $611.1million; worldwide, the total stands at $905.4 million.Paramount's "G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra" drew $8 million from $6,280 spots in 56 markets, raising its overseas cume to $133 million after four frames. Worldwide, its tally is $265.4 million.
Disney's "G-Force," from producer Jerry Bruckheimer, bagged $7 million from 3,005 locations in 28 markets, good for a cume of $67.6 million. Pixar/Disney's "Up" raised its cume to $155.5 million thanks to a $6.6 million weekend at 2,282 screens in 23 territories.
Sony's "The Ugly Truth" drew $4.1 million during the weekend from 1,051 sites in a dozen territories, pushing the romantic comedy's foreign cume to $22.9 million. Disney's "The Proposal" grossed $3.6 million from 2,182 sites in 40 territories. Cume for the romantic comedy starring Sandra Bullock and Ryan Reynolds is $115.8 million.
Sony's "The Taking of Pelham 123," the Denzel Washington-John Tavolta co-starrer lured $3.1 million from 1,051 screens in 34 territories for a cume of $40.1 million. "District 9," director Neill Blomkamp's sci-fi drama also handled by Sony in most territories, opened No. 1 in South Africa for a weekend total of $2.6 million and pushed its overseas cume to $18.3 million from all distributors.
Universal's release of Michael Mann's "Public Enemies" pushed its international gross total to nearly $100 million ($91.3 million) thanks to a $2.8 million weekend at 2,278 situations in 44 markets.
In France, the top-ranked local-language title was TFM Distribution's comedy "Neuilly sa mere," which during its third weekend drew $2.8 million from 400 situations for a No. 3 ranking and a market cume of $10.5 million.
Opening at No. 5 was "A Prophet," director Jacques Audiard's prison drama and the Grand Prix winner at this year's Festival de Cannes. Its weekend tally was $2.3 million from 294 sites.
In Germany, Constantin's release of "Horst Schlammer-isch Kandidier," a political satire, held at No. 2 in its second round with $2.3 million from 654 locations for a market cume of $6.8 million.
Other international cumes: Warners' "The Hangover," $160 million (thanks to a $6.7 million weekend at 2,780 screens in 54 markets); Fox's "Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian," $232.6 million (thanks to a $1.4 million weekend in Japan at 565 sites); Universal's "Funny People," $2.9 million (thanks to a $1.6 million U.K. and Ireland opening at 384 sites); Sony's "Year One," $12.3 million (thanks to a $1.2 million No. 1 opening in Spain at 226 locations); Universal's "Drag Me to Hell," $10.6 million (in six Universal territories only); Fox's "Aliens in the Attic," $15.4 million (thanks to a $2.9 million weekend at 1,618 screens in 15 markets); Focus Features. Universal's "Coraline," $46.2 million; Fox's "Taken," $46.5 million (Fox territories only); Universal's "Land of the Lost," $14.8 million; and Focus Feature's "9," $2.8 million.