Foreign Box Office: 'The Croods' Opens at No.1 With $63.3 million
20th Century Fox’s first release of a DreamWorks Animation title, The Croods, a 3D computer animation family film, opened substantially if not spectacularly on the foreign theatrical circuit, grossing $63.3 million at 11,870 venues in 47 markets covering 86 countries.
The adventure comedy about a pre-historic family embarking on a road trip scored the second highest offshore opening launch of 2013, bested by the foreign opening Disney’s Oz The Great and Powerful, which drew $69.9 million a fortnight ago. Nonetheless, Croods racked up powerful numbers in its seven largest markets, and scored No. 1 debuts in a total of 44 territories.
Tops was Russia which provided a mighty $12.9 million including previews at 2,166 sites. Mexico threw off $9.5 million at 1,911 locations while the No. 1 bow in the U.K. generated $8.3 million at 1,100 spots.
Germany also provided a No. 1 perch with $4.3 million including previews elicited from 986 locations. Brazil came in with $4.2 million at 674 spots. Spain tendered $3.4 million from 695 locations while Italy came up with $3.3 million at 788 sites.
Fox predicted that with school holidays looming this week in many foreign markets, "we are anticipating a long and successful international run" for Croods, the first DWA film to be distributed by Fox since the producer wound up its former arrangement with Paramount with 2012’s Rise of the Guardians.
Croods opens in 19 territories this week including Australia, Belgium and Holland.
Taking the weekend’s No. 2 spot was Oz The Great and Powerful, director Sam Raimi’s special-effects-intensive fantasy based on L. Frank Baum’s novel, which collected $21.7 million in its third round in 55 territories. Foreign cume stands at $178.8 million; $356.4 million worldwide.
Showing some much-needed bounce on the foreign circuit was Warner Bros.’ Jack the Giant Slayer, director Bryan Singer’s 3D interpretation of the Jack and the Beanstalk fable, which grossed $19.3 million from some 7,300 locations in 47 markets, raising the film’s offshore cume to $60.5 million.
Giant Slayer ranks No. 3 on the weekend. A Russia opening drew $6.8 million from 1,325 screens, enough for a No. 2 market ranking. A No. 2 U.K. debut produced $2.3 million at 831 locations.
Fox’s A Good Day to Die Hard continues to collect solid returns in China (ranking No. 2 in the market with $4.2 million drawn from 2,300 screens for a cume of $26 million), propelling the total weekend take to $10.5 million generated at a total of 5,514 locations in 38 territories. Overseas gross total now is $220.2 million.
Opening in five territories was Universal’s comedy Identity Thief starring Jason Bateman and Melissa McCarthy, which grossed $4.7 million at 1,600 playdates in a total of 23 territories. With 30 more markets still to play, the film’s overseas total stands at just $8.2 million.
Paramount and other distributors’ Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters drew $3.5 million on the weekend at 2,030 locations in 35 territories, lifting the films gross total overseas to $156.8 million. Sony’s Django Unchained has crossed the $250-million offshore gross mark ($251 million) after a $3.2 million weekend at 2,115 sites in 52 markets.
Mama, Universal’s horror title starring Jessica Chastain, premiered in seven new markets including Italy ($1 million at 226 sites), and grossed a total of $3.1 million at 2,100 playdates in 35 territories, lifting its foreign cume to $51.8 million.
Other international cumes: Fox’s Lincoln, $81 million; Universal’s Les Miserables, $284.3 million; Pathe’s Jappeloup, $7.1 million over two rounds in France only; Universal’s Anna Karenina, $52.4 million; Universal’s This Is 40, $18.5 million; and Universal’s Ted, $329.6 million.
Opening this week: Paramount’s G.I. Joe: Retaliation in 53 markets including Australia, Brazil, the U.K., France, Germany, Italy, Korea, Mexico, Russia and Spain.