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'Black Swan' Narrowly Tops Int'l Box Office With $19.4 Million

Natalie Portman as the Swan Queen
Fox Searchlight Pictures
Black Swan

'Green Hornet' is a close No. 2 with $17.8 million as 'Tangled' takes third spot and French comedy 'Nothing to Declare' lands at No. 4.

UPDATED: Thanks to strong debuts in Mexico and France, where Darren Aronofsky is a popular director, 20th Century Fox's Black Swan took the No. 1 box office slot on the foreign theatrical circuit over the weekend.

Take for the session was $19.4 million -- $800,000 more than was projected on Sunday -- from 3,041 screens in 34 markets, pushing Swan's overseas gross total to $72.9 million.

The Natalie Portman vehicle as a ballet dancer in a death spiral was the top box office draw in Paris and suburbs, but finished No. 2 at 300 screens in France overall, snaring $4.7 million. Also, a No. 1 Mexico debut yielded the five-time Oscar nominated film $3.19 million from 360 locations.

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A muscular China opening propelleThe Green Hornet back into the No. 2 spot, with $17.8 million drawn from a total of 6,970 screens in 78 markets, hoisting its overseas gross total accumulated over five stanzas of foreign release to $106.8 million.

The Seth Rogan 3D vehicle about a masked vigilante and sidekick Kato premiered in China, drew $11 million from 2,729 situations (3D, conventional and IMAX). Hornet's worldwide gross is just shy of $200 million.

The film that finished first over the previous two weekends was Disney Animation's Tangled, which looks to finish a very close No. 3 this time with $17.3 million garnered from 5,133 situations in 45 markets. Foreign cume stands at $310.1 million.

The 3D animation version of the Brothers Grimm-Princess Rapunzel tale opened No. 2 in South Korea, taking $2.6 million from 469 locations, the second biggest opening weekend in the market for a Disney animation title. Spain threw off $4.4 million from 657 spots for a market cume of $10.7 million. The U.K. generated $3.1 million from 443 sites for a market cume of $21.7 million. Tangled now ranks as the 20th biggest grossing animation title ever released.

For most of January, Hornet and Tangled were entangled in close contests for the No. 1 foreign box office spot. January was definitely a down month collectively for the Hollywood majors in comparison with the opening of 2010, when 20th Century Fox's Avatar was roaring through the foreign theatrical circuit, smashing Titanic's overseas box office record of $1.242 billion on Jan. 23.

Fox reports its last month's foreign box office total was $278 million, which pales beside the $1.06 billion collected in January 2010 – or in the words of a Fox international exec, "like night and day." (Avatar opened in Dec. 2009.)

Nonetheless, three Hollywood majors recorded increases from a year ago. Disney took in $255.8 million in foreign box office last month, a new monthly record for the distributor and nearly double Jan. 2010's figure of $129.2 million. Sony's $206 million tally last month more than doubled the $100 million grossed in Jan. 2010.

Paramount drew $187.7 million, nearly a four-fold increase from Jan. 2010. Universal had a solid opening last year ($98.7 million) with It's Complicated in release, but drew only $30.3 million in Jan. 2011. (Warner Bros Int'l. declined to disclose its January figures.)

New to the foreign circuit on the weekend was Just Go With It, the romantic comedy costarring Adam Sandler and Jennifer Aniston, which opened No, 1 domestically. Debut offshore drew $5.29 million in the opening weekend at 946 screens in 16 markets.

Also, Paramount introduced No Strings Attached, another romantic comedy, this one costarring Natalie Portman and Ashton Kutcher, at 947 screens in 22 territories for a weekend tally of $6.9 million. In the U.K., E1 Ent. opened Gnomeo & Juliet in 3D, the computer-animated comedy-adventure inspired by Shakespeare, at some 462 screens for a No. 1 tally of $4.8 million. Disney also distributed the Touchstone co-production in two markets, generating $500,000 at 171 sites.

Warner's released The Rite, the exorcism-themed horror title starring Anthony Hopkins, at 570 screens in eight territories including Taiwan and Argentina (where it opened No. 1) for $3.1 million. Universal opened GK Films' co-production London Boulevard, costarring Colin Farrell and Keira Knightley, in Russia where the crime-romance drama drew $785,318 from 208 sites and a No. 5 market ranking.

No. 4 on the weekend was Rien a Declarer (Nothing to Declare), a No. 1 smash hit French comedy from actor-director Danny Boon. The Pathe release, about cultural frictions between French and Belgium customs officers, grossed $12.9 million in its second round at 1,036 situations, for a market cume of $39 million.

No. 5 was The Weinstein Co.'s co-production, The King's Speech, which grossed $12.1 million from 2006 screens in 21 markets. Top territory was France, where the royal historical drama fetched via Wildbunch $3.3 million from 383 screens. The U.K. via Momentum provided $3.1 million from 542 sites for a market cume of $52.3 million. Overseas gross total stands at $104.7 million, with the worldwide tally at $198.4 million

Warner Bros.' family animation title Yogi Bear opened No. 8 in France and No. 5 in the U.K. ($2.9 million from 453 sites), and drew $10.3 million overall on the weekend from some 4,700 screens in 42 territories. Cume stands at $61.2 million, with a Spain opening on tap this week.

Among other Oscar competitors, Paramount's True Grit had a notable foreign weekend. After opening the Berlin International Film Festival last Thursday, the Coen brothers Western update introduced itself in 13 fresh territories, garnering an estimated $8.25 million overall at 1,700 sites. Biggest of the debuts was in the U.K. where Grit premiered No. 4 with $2.9 million drawn from 372 locales. Total foreign gross so far is about $15 million.

Paramount's The Fighter costarring Christian Bale and Mark Wahlberg as boxing brothers fought its way to $1.59 million at 378 U.K. and Ireland locations for an early foreign cume of $6.5 million. Since opening overseas on Sept. 30, Sony's The Social Network has rolled up a foreign cume of $124.1 million versus its domestic take of $96.6 million.

Director Danny Boyle's 127 Hours has rolled up a market cume of $12.4 million over six rounds via Warner's in the U.K. Under Fox, the film has accumulated $6.25 million thanks to a $3.15 million weekend at 873 screens in 17 markets. Focus Features and other distribs' The Kids Are All Right has bagged about $11 million so far overseas while Focus' Biutiful has landed a total of $13.7 million.

Warner's release of Kokowaah, actor-director-scripter Til Schweiger's father-daughter comedy, landed the No. 1 spot in Germany for the second straight weekend, and drew $8.4 million overall from some 1,000 screens in Germany, Austria and German-speaking Switzerland. The cume for the Warner's local language co-production is $21 million.

Fox's Gulliver's Travels in 3D starring Jack Black drew $7.8 million on the weekend from 2,813 locations in 29 markets, upping its foreign gross total to $149.6 million. A No. 2 bow in Germany produced $3.3 million from 706 venues.

Disney's Tron: Legacy pulled $7.6 million out of 2,020 screens in 36 markets for a foreign cume of $213.5 million. Top market was France where the 3D sequel to 1982's Tron opened with $4 million drawn from 425 venues.

Director Clint Eastwood's Hereafter has grossed $56.7 million overseas to date, boosted by a $4.5 million weekend at some 1,900 screens in 34 markets. A No. 5 Australia bow yielded $1 million from 196 locations.

Opening No. 5 in France was Metropolitan Export's release of German-made animation title Animals United 3D, which drew $1.8 million from 500 spots. Also new to France was Haut et Court's release Qui a envie d'etre aime (Anonymous Catholic), a comedy about a 40-year-old lawyer who encounters God. No. 10 opener was $700,000 drawn from 200 situations.

Other international cumes: Lionsgate's Season of the Witch, $43.9 million; Fox's The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, $274.9 million; Universal's Devil, $28.2 million; Fox's Unstoppable, $87.3 million; Paramount's Little Fockers, $159.2 million; Fox's Love & Other Drugs, $61.6 million; Universal's Sanctum, $5.5 million (Universal territories only); Sony and other distribs' The Tourist, $163.8 million; Fox's Never Let Me Go, $1.2 million; and Universal's Julia's Eyes, $12 from France, Spain, Mexico only.

Also, Toho's Gantz, $24.4 million (after a $3.4 million weekend at 516 sites in Japan only, No. 1 in the market); Paramount's Paranormal Activity 2, $88.8 million (following a $1.4 million opening in Japan at 186 locations); Sony's How Do You Know, $12.6 million); Paramount's Morning Glory, $17.3 million; Focus Features' Another Year, $12 million; Sony's Burlesque, $45.5 million; Focus Features' The American, $31.4 million; DreamWorks Animation/Paramount's Megamind, $170.4 million; Universal's The Dilemma, $16.4 million; Paramounmt's Let Me In, $1.3 million and Fox's Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps, $86.3.6 million.