'Destination' stays on top overseas

Foreign run increased by 10 territories over weekend

Deathly premonitions ruled the overseas boxoffice during the weekend as "The Final Destination" in 3D emerged as the international circuit's No. 1 boxoffice title for the second consecutive round, extracting $17.7 million from 2,880 screens in 28 territories.

A 10-territory increase in markets played by the fourth title in New Line's horror-thriller franchise resulted in a $2.2 million boost from the previous weekend's gross. Even so, the weekend take for the tale of young people's lethal forebodings was the eighth lowest this year for a No. 1 title, indicating a generally slow post-summer session overseas.

Warner Bros. is handling "Destination" overseas along with independent distributors. A No. 1 Russian opening yielded $6.5 million from 600 sites for a mighty $10,833 per-screen average. Accumulated U.K. boxoffice over three rounds is $17.5 million.

"Destination's" international cume from all distributors is $55.6 million; worldwide, the gross is $113.9 million. Korea opens Oct. 1 and a Mexico debut is set for Oct. 9.

No. 2 on the weekend was a German-language title, Constantin/Film Verleih's "Wickie und die starken Manner," director Michael Herbig's family adventure about a timid Viking youth taking to the sea. Its mighty opening round in Germany generated $9.8 million from 746 locations. A first place Austria debut produced another $2.3 million from 97 sites for a total weekend take from the two markets of $12.1 million.

Third was Quentin Tarantino's "Inglourious Basterds," which is expected to cross the $100 million foreign boxoffice mark today. The World War II drama drew $10.3 million during the weekend at 2,714 locations in 36 territories.

In France, it finished No. 1 with $2 million from 519 sites. Its foreign cume is $99.9 million after four rounds overseas.

Universal said "Basterds" has 26 markets still to play including such key territories as Italy, Spain, Brazil, Mexico, Japan and Korea. "Basterds" opened No. 1 in Poland during the weekend with $678,00 from 78 sites for a nearly $8,700 per-screen average. This week will see debuts in Israel, Lebanon, Singapore and Spain.

In fourth place was Pixar/Disney's animated "Up," which continued it marathon overseas push with a $8.4 million weekend from 3,114 screens in 21 territories. Its total overseas cume is $181.3 million. This week, the film rolls out fully in Australia and opens in German-speaking markets.

No. 5 was the sci-fi drama "District 9" -- being handled by Sony and other distributors -- which landed $8.1 million during the weekend to push its foreign cume to $35.7 million. It opened No. 1 in Spain ($2.9 million from 355 sites) and remained on top in its second U.K. round with $1.9 million from 552 situations for a market cume of $7.8 million.

Summit International introduced slasher-horror title "Sorority Row" starring Rumer Willis (daughter of Demi Moore and Bruce Willis) in three markets (U.K., Australia and Mexico) for a total weekend tally of $1.6 million from 659 screens. The U.K. opening gross was $1.3 million from 345 locations.

Thanks to a No. 1 third round in Italy ($4.8 million from 884 screens), Fox's "Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs" came up with $7 million overall during the weekend from 3,521 screens in 35 markets. Its international cume stands at $670.4 million.

Sony's "The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3" lifted its foreign gross to $56.4 million thanks to a $4 million weekend at 2,061 locations in 52 markets. The subway suspense title opened at No. 1 in Venezuela and Chile and No. 2 in Colombia and New Zealand.

A pair of romantic comedies generated similar weekend grosses: Sony's "The Ugly Truth," starring Katherine Heigl, remains No. 1 in Mexico and drew $3.7 million overall from 1,371 screens in 28 territories for a cume of $33.7 million. Disney's "The Proposal," starring Sandra Bullock and Ryan Reynolds, elicited $3.6 million from 2,191 screens in 44 markets for a cume of $130.2 million.

Universal is releasing Focus Features' "9" in eight markets, with openings in Russia, Ukraine and Estonia during the weekend. Its tally was $2.7 million from 488 sites. Paramount's "G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra" boosted its cume to $144.7 million thanks to a $3.2 million weekend at 3,506 spots in 57 markets.

Japan's dominant No. 1 title was Toho's release of "20th Century Boys – Chapter 3," a manga-based live action thriller, which grossed $3.6 million from 374 locations. In just three rounds "Boys" has compiled a single-market total of $31 million.

In France, Lionsgate/Lakeshore Entertainment's virtual reality outing "Gamer" starring Gerard Butler opened at No. 5 with $1.3 million derived from 342 screens. Market-wide, the best local-language title was Mars Distribution's "Le Coach," a comedy directed by Olivier Doran. Its No. 2 opening weekend across the market provided $1.8 million from 345 locations.

Meanwhile, TFM's "Neuilly sa Mere," the No. 3 market tile during the weekend, has taken in a total of $15.4 million over five frames. Director Jacques Audiard's prison drama "The Prophet," which finished No. 4, has made off with $6.2 million over three stanzas.

Other international cumes: Universal's "Funny People," $9.1 million (after a $2.2 million weekend at 743 sites in seven territories); Sony's "Julie & Julia," $3 million (after a $1.5 million weekend at 763 screens in five markets, including a No. 6 bow in the U.K.); Universal's "Public Enemies," $96.9 million; Fox's "X-Men Origins: Wolverine," $187.7 million (thanks to a second place $2 million Japan opening at 514 sites); Disney's "G-Force," $80.1 million (after $2.7 million from 2,668 sites in 28 territories); Warners' "The Hangover," $174.5 million (thanks to a $3.8 million weekend from 2,140 screens in 52 markets); Fox's "Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian," $236 million; DreamWorks/Universal's "The Soloist," $1.2 million; Fox's "Aliens in the Attic," $23.2 million; Warner's "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince," $624 million foreign and $922.4 million worldwide; "Drag Me To Hell," $11.8 million (from five Universal territories only); "Bruno" (handled overseas by three distributors), $77.8 million; Summit International's "Knowing," $101.2 million; Paramount's "Dance Flick," $3.9 million' Fox's "High Security Vacation," $16.3 million (Russia only); Paramount's "Case 39," $5.2 million; and Fox's "(500) Days of Summer," $4 million.
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