'Eclipse' No. 1 overseas, but second to 'Moon'
'Shrek' follows with record France debut; 'Toy Story' is No. 3It was all Bella, Edward and Jacob on the foreign theatrical circuit over the Fourth of July weekend as "The Twilight Saga: Eclipse" soared to the coveted No. 1 boxoffice perch with a resounding $104.6 million drawn over five days from 6,951 screens in 42 territories.
The third installment of Summit Entertainment's "Twilight" franchise based on the novels of Stephenie Meyer recorded mighty openings in Australia ($11 million from 536 screens for a per-screen average of slightly more than $20,000), Mexico ($8.5 million from 469 sites) and in New Zealand ($1.4 million from 94 locations, an exceptionally hefty figure for this market).
In Spain, despite unseasonably high temperatures, the boxoffice result was $10.5 million from 720 spots, as per Summit. In the relatively tiny market of Chile, the five-day gross was $988,135 from 42 sites for a per-screen average of nearly $24,000.
In Italy, "Eclipse" generated $9.9 million from 700 situations while Russia came up with a resounding $15 million from an unspecified number of screens. The threequel opens this week in 22 markets, including the U.K., France and South Korea. A Germany introduction follows next week.
"Eclipse's" sizable foreign debut is another unmistakable indication that 2010 is -- despite World Cup distractions and a stronger dollar -- shaping up as a torrid year overseas.
January-through-June offshore boxoffice for the six Hollywood majors -- 20th Century Fox, Disney, Warner Bros., Paramount, Universal and Sony -- totaled $6.38 billion, up an astounding 43% from 2009's first half. (The majors last year logged a record full-year foreign boxoffice of $10.7 billion.)
Leading the pack was Fox with some $2 billion in boxoffice in the year's first half, followed by Disney ($1.33 billion), Warner Bros. ($1.15 billion), Paramount ($900 million), Universal ($600 million) and Sony ($400 million). If foreign boxoffice keeps up at anywhere near this pace in the second half, 2010 should easily wind up being the fifth record boxoffice year in a row for the big studios.
Although "Eclipse" opened strongly, the threequel did not eclipse the opening weekend of its immediate franchise predecessor, "The Twilight Saga: New Moon," which premiered at 6,672 screens in 24 markets late last November, grossing $121.6 million, including previews. "New Moon" spent the three successive weekends at the top of the foreign circuit, winding up with an offshore boxoffice total of $416 million.
No. 2 on the weekend was DreamWorks Animation's "Shrek Forever After" in 3D, which opened in nine territories and took the number one spot in all of them.
Leading the fresh markets were the U.K. ($13.5 million from 539 venues) and France ($11.7 million from 952 locations, a record opening for a DreamWorks title in the market) with the 3D animated movie defying hot weather conditions in each territory. Germany opening for "Shrek Forever After" drew $5.1 million from 767 venues.
The film opened No. 1 (via C.J. Entertainment) in Korea at 630 spots drawing $6.3 million. Overall weekend take for the latest "Shrek" was $42.6 million extracted from 4,484 venues in 25 markets. Foreign cume now stands at $137 million.
Third on the weekend was Pixar/Disney's "Toy Story 3," which grossed $25.5 million from 5,001 screens in 34 territories, with Latin American markets providing $89.3 million or 60% of the film's total overseas take. Mexico alone has provided a market cume of $44.7 million.
After being released in only 37% of the total international marketplace, the animation threequel in 3D rolled up a total foreign tally of $150.8 million. Worldwide, "Toy Story 3" has accumulated $439.8 million, making it Disney's twelfth biggest animation release ever.
Storming the Japan market was Toho's release of Fuji TV's "Bayside Shakedown 3: Set The Guys Loose," the latest in the popular "Odoru daisousasen" series about Tokyo cops simultaneously battling crooks and department bureaucracy. First-place market opener at 447 locales generated a whopping $11.1 million for a nearly $25,000-per-screen average. Thus, it ranks No. 4 overall on the weekend.
No. 5 was 20th Century Fox's "Knight and Day," playing markets in Asia, the Middle East, Eastern Europe and Russia. Buoyed somewhat by openings in 13 smaller territories, the Tom Cruise-Cameron Diaz romantic action vehicle drew $8 million from 2,240 screens in a total of 25 markets.
South Korea was "Knight and Day's" leading territory, providing a No. 2 second-round ranking with $2.6 million drawn from 494 locations for a market cume of $8.1 million. Overseas gross total stands at $25 million.
Sony's "The Karate Kid" drew $4 million on the weekend from 705 screens in 26 markets plus China, handled by a local distributor. The remake of the 1980s original has been playing markets in Asia and South America, and has rolled up an overseas gross total of $32 million so far.
Fox's "The A-Team," the feature edition of the hit 1980s TV series, opened in the teeth of the World Cup soccer tournament, and has rounded out a month of playdates overseas with a gross total of $54.5 million. Weekend take was $3.8 million from 2,888 screens in 45 territories, with France leading the way with a market cume of $6.7 million over three rounds.
Warner Bros./New Line's "Sex and the City 2" drew $3.6 million from 4,050 situations in 58 markets, for an international cume of $180 million. That leaves the sequel to the long-running HBO TV series $83.4 million shy of the $263.4 million foreign gross total amassed by 2008's "Sex and the City: The Movie."
Disney's sword-and-sandals title "Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time" finished its seventh weekend on the foreign circuit with $2.9 million derived from 5,614 screens in 54 markets, pushing its overseas gross total to $231 million (worldwide: $319.1 million).
Universal's comedy "Get Him to the Greek" laughed all the way to $2.5 million collected from 699 sites in 10 markets for an early overseas gross total of $15.2 million. It placed No. 2 on the weekend in the U.K. with $1.6 million drawn from 390 locations for a market cume of $5.8 million.
Sony's comedy "Grown Ups," costarring Adam Sander, Chris Rock, Kevin James, David Spade and Rob Schneider, grossed $1.7 million from 236 screens in four territories for an early cume of $5.2 million.
Best-grossing local-language newcomer in France was "Tournee" ("On Tour"), director-actor Mathieu Amalric's Cannes competition entry this year, about a group of American strippers on tour in Paris. Opening round took $1 million from 135 screens. Coming in at No. 2 in France was Universal's release of "Fatal" from director-actor-singer-comedian-TV personality Michael Youn, which drew $1.5 million from 489 sites for a market cume of $6.2 million over 20 days.
Other international cumes: Universal's "Robin Hood," $201.9 million (thanks to a $1.3 million weekend at 3,251 sites in 46 markets); Disney's "Alice in Wonderland" in 3D," $688.7 million (fourth biggest overseas release ever); Marvel Ent./Paramount's "Iron Man 2," $304.7 million; Fox's "Marmaduke," $15.7 million; DreamWorks/Paramount's "She's Out of My League," $16.4 million; Universal's "Hanni Und Nanni," $2.4 million (in Germany and Austria only); and DreamWorks Animation/Paramount's "How to Train Your Dragon," $262 million.
Also, Focus Features/Universal's "A Serious Man," $22.2 million; Universal's "Nanny McPhee and the Big Bang," $61 million; Lionsgate's "Killers," estimated $16.6 million; Universal's "Green Zone," $63 million; Lionsgate/Universal's "Kick-Ass," $27.8 million (Universal territories only); Fox's "Our Family Wedding," $1.1 million; Universal's "Repo Men," $4 million; and Sony's "The Back-Up Plan, $37.3 million.