'Dawn Treader' No. 1 at Soft Overseas Box Office; 'Tron: Legacy' Debuts at No. 2
Soft weekend stalled by European snow storms still sees notable newcomers "Burlesque" and "Love and Other Drugs" receive relatively warm welcomes.
Crimped by severe winter conditions in Europe, foreign box office was soft on the weekend with 20th Century Fox's The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader in 3D finishing a mild-mannered No. 1 with $31.5 million -- $1.6 million more than was projected Sunday -- from 10,107 screens in 61 territories.
A Germany opening provided the third title in the Narnia series $2.55 million from 893 locations. International cume stands at $126 million, nearly triple the film's domestic take.
Tron: Legacy, Disney's expensive 3D sequel to 1982's more modestly budgeted Tron, drew $24.3 million -- $1.3 million more than estimated Sunday -- in its overseas launch from 4,683 venues (for an average of $5,189 per screen) in only 27 territories. The higher gross tally boosts the Tron sequel to the weekend's No. 2 spot.
A very close No. 3 was Warner Bros.' Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1, which nabbed $24.2 million from some 9,630 screens in 65 markets – nearly 2 1/2 times the number of territories playing Legacy.
A No. 1 Korea opening provided $5.9 million from 517 spots while a first place Hong Kong bow came up with $2 million from 156 spots for a per-screen average of more than $12,800. Deathly Hallows' foreign cume is $558.4 million.
The weekend's other notable newcomers on the foreign circuit included Sony's release of De Line Picture/Screen Gems' musical drama Burlesque starring Cher and Christina Aguilera. Opening stanza at 930 screens in nine markets produced about $2.4 million. Also, Fox opened Love and Other Drugs at 245 screens in three markets with the romantic comedy starring Jake Gyllenhaal and Anne Hathaway coming away with a gross of $2 million.
Opening day-and-date with its domestic bow and with Jeff Bridges repeating his Tron role as a video game designer sucked into cyberspace, Legacy grabbed the No. 1 slot in most every market it played in Europe, Latin American and Australia, grossing from 30% to 70% ahead of the No. 2 title in each market, said Disney.
About 70% of the overall gross came from 3D and IMAX venues. Disney said 65% of the opening gross came from five markets: Japan, Australia, U.K., Brazil and Spain.
Best market was Japan where Legacy bagged the market's No. 2 spots with $4.36 million originating from 533 locations, tracking about 65% ahead of the market opening of Paramount's Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, which grossed in 2009 a total of $436 million on the foreign circuit.
Battling paralyzing weather in the U.K., Legacy managed to land $3 million from 454 venues, enough for a No. 1 market ranking. In Australia, the opening take was $3.4 million from 325 sites while Brazil contributed $1.9 million from 440 situations. Spain provided another $1.9 million from an unspecified number of screens.
As the only 3D action title playing into the Christmas school holidays, Disney believes Legacy is "exceptionally well positioned," said David Kornblum, vp international theatrical sales. The film is "the action alternative in a sea of family fare. We are very pleased with our start considering Mother Nature was against us in Europe."
No. 4 was DreamWorks Animation's Megamind, which via Paramount premiered in 18 markets over the weekend, generating $14.7 million overall from 4,725 venues in 50 territories, hiking its foreign gross total to $86.8 million.
The comedy-fantasy animation in 3D opened in the No. 1 market spot in Mexico ($2.7 million from 502 locations), No. 4 in snow-bound France ($1.9 million from 695 spots) and No. 5 in Italy ($1.5 million from some 300 sites).
Fifth was Disney Animation'sTangled , the 3D animation retelling of the classic Rapunzel tale, which grossed $14.4 million in its fourth round at 4,079 overseas screens in 21 territories. No. 1 rankings in Germany and Austria produced a combined $4.6 million from 697 locations in the two markets. Offshore cume stands at $98.4 million.
Sony'sThe Tourist, starring Johnny Depp and Angelina Jolie, opened in five offshore markets, performing best in Germany (No. 3 with $2.2 million drawn from 629 locations), Italy (also third in the market with $1.94 million from 400 screens) and in France (No. 5 with $1.75 million from 568 situations). Weekend overall threw off $10.5 million from 2,542 screens in 24 markets for a cume of $22.3 million. Worldwide, Tourist has claimed $53.1 million.
Biggest newcomer in Japan is TV Asahi/Toei's live-action film with the unwieldy title in English of -- bear with us -- Kamen Rider x Kamen Rider 000 & W feat. Skull Movie Wars. Core.
The special effects-laden super hero vehicle segmented into three parts, opened as Japan's No. 1 fim at 274 locations for $4.4 million. Italy's No. 1 was Filmauro's Natale in Sudafrica (Christmas in South Africa), which opened at some 400 locations and drew $3.1 million.
DreamWorks Shrek Forever After in 3D, handled by Paramount, zipped past the half-million total gross mark in overseas box office ($501.4 million) thanks to a No. 5 opening in Japan with $1.44 million drawn from 356 locations.
Top local-language title in France was Un balcon sur la mer (Balcony Overlooking the Sea), a drama directed by Nicole Garcia and starring Jean Dujardin and Marie-Josee Croze. The EuropaCorp. Distribution release realized $1.7 million from 308 sites, ranking No. 6 in the market.
Other international cumes: Fox's Unstoppable, $57 million; Universal's Despicable Me, $289.4 million; Sony's The Social Network, $100.5 million (thanks to a $1.5 million weekend at 920 screens in 42 markets); Gaumont's A Bout Portant (Point Blank), $4.4 million over three rounds in France only; Universal's Julia's Eyes, $9.4 million in Spain only, the market's top-grossing local language production of 2010; Pathe's De Vrais Mensonges (Full Treatment), $2.6 million in two stanzas in France only; Universal's Devil, $22.6 million; Paramount's Jackass 3D, $52.7 million; Lionsgate's The Next Three Days, estimated $10.5 million; and Universal's Robin Hood, $211.8 million.
Also, Warner Bros.' Due Date, $94.3 million (after a $2.7 million weekend at 1,580 sites in 51 markets); Focus Features/Universal's The American, $30.4 million; TBS/Toho's Space Battleship Yamato, $27.2 million over three rounds in Japan only after a $2.8 million weekend at 440 locations; Focus Features' Another Year, $3.25 million; Paramount's Paranormal Activity, $84.7 million; Focus Features' Biutiful, $9.6 million; Universal's La Donna Della Mia Vita, $3.7 million over 24 days in Italy only; and Focus Features' Somewhere, $5.75 million.