Cave writing on the wall: '10,000 BC' stays at No. 1
$38 mil fends off 'Horton' o'seasFirst-place finishes in at least 30 of 51 overseas markets played during the weekend propelled "10,000 BC," director Roland Emmerich's prehistoric epic, to the No. 1 spot internationally for the second consecutive stanza with an estimated gross of $38 million from about 6,900 screens.
20th Century Fox's No. 1 domestic title, "Dr. Suess' Horton Hears a Who!" opened at No. 2 internationally with an animated $14.2 million from 4,885 screens in 29 territories. Sony's "Vantage Point," the No. 5 film domestically, took the third spot overseas with $8 million secured from 2,865 screens in 35 markets.
"10,000 BC" bowed in the top U.K. spot with an estimated $3.8 million from 431 screens and finished first in Korea ($3.3 million from 212 sites) according to Warner Bros. International. The film's overseas gross stands at $73 million, with $134.2 million worldwide. "Vantage Point" has an international cume of $40.3 million ($99.5 million globally), while "Horton's" worldwide total stands at $59.3 million.
Muscular Japan openings substantially powered Disney's "Enchanted," the weekend's No. 4 title, and Paramount Pictures International's release of "No Country for Old Men," which finished in fifth place.
The musical fantasy debuted a dominant No. 1 in the market with an estimated $5.4 million from 323 screens, accounting for just about all of the weekend's $5.6 million take from 950 screens in 23 markets. "Enchanted's" overseas cume stands at $188.9 million (versus $127.7 domestic).
The Oscar-laden Coen brothers crime drama "No Country" racked up an estimated $492,000 from 41 sites in Japan for a lusty $12,000 per-screen average, pushing its overall weekend take to $4.7 million from 1,699 situations at 52 markets. "No Country" has grossed $68 million internationally thus far.
Paramount's "The Spiderwick Chronicles" opened in 17 markets, pushing the family fantasy-drama's overall weekend take to $4.6 million from 1,565 spots in 22 territories and raising the international cume to $11.7 million. Fox's "Jumper" hoisted its cume to $104.9 million thanks to a $4.5 million weekend at 2,733 screens in 47 markets. Universal's "The Other Bolyn Girl" raised $4 million from 1,127 screens in 13 territories handled by the distributor, boosting its cume to $13.1 million.
France continues to perk with Pathe Distribution's "Bienvenue Chez Les Ch'tis" (Welcome to the Land of the Shtis), writer-director Danny Boon's tale of a postal worker relocated to a small northern village, which was a dominant No. 1 in the market. It grossed an estimated $3 million in its latest five days from Paris and suburbs alone.
No. 2 in France was Warner's "10,000 BC," which debuted to $3.4 million from 569 sites, while Gaumont's "MR 73," writer-director Olivier Marchal's crime drama starring Daniel Auteuil, opened No. 3 in the Paris area.
Pathe's tentpole comedy "Asterix at the Olympic Games" is running out of gas, dropping to No. 18 in Paris and garnering an estimated $553,000 in its seventh stanza in France, Germany and Austria and in its sixth round in Spain and Italy. Cumes from those markets, excluding France, total $28.5 million.
Fox's "27 Dresses" pushed its international total to $42.7 million thanks to a $2.1 million weekend from 1,250 screens in 32 markets. Disney's release of Miramax's "There Will Be Blood" hoisted its overseas cume to $26.3 million, making it director Paul Thomas Anderson's top-grossing film ever internationally — outstripping the $26 million generated by 1999's "Magnolia." "Blood's" weekend take was $2.1 million from 1,015 screens in 44 markets.