Foreign Box Office: 'Wrath of the Titans' Opens No. 1 Overseas, Displacing 'The Hunger Games'
"Dr. Seuss' The Lorax" finishes No. 3; "Pirates! Band of Misfits" debuts an animated No. 4.
Blanketing the foreign theatrical circuit over the weekend, Wrath of the Titans easily displaced The Hunger Games as the No. 1 box office attraction overseas, opening to $76.1 million – nearly $2 million less than Sunday’s projection – at 14,600 venues in 60 territories.
That’s good news for distributor Warner Bros. since the 3D action-fantasy sequel’s 2010 predecessor, Clash of the Titans, drew $332 million from overseas theaters -- more than double its comparable U.S. and Canada box office total. Like Clash, the sequel’s foreign takings are essential to its worldwide box office success.
The special-effects-laden extrapolation from Greek mythology with Sam Worthington returning as Perseus, Liam Neeson as Zeus and Ralph Fiennes as Hades took the No. 1 spot in 46 markets, notably in nine of the top 12 international territories including Korea ($4.3 million from 621 sites), France ($3.1 million from 455 venues) and Italy ($1.8 million from 361 situations).
Strongest territories for Wrath were Russia ($12.8 million from 1,161 venues representing 18% of the total weekend foreign take), Mexico ($5.2 million from 1,434 sites) and Brazil ($4.1 million at 522 situations). The film was ranked No. 1 in 11 markets across Latin America.
Wrath’s weekend’s foreign take is nearly two-and-a-half- times its day-and-date, No. 2 domestic opening gross ($34.2 million). Internationally, IMAX reported weekend Wrath takings of $4 million from 176 screens – or $22,000 per site – with Russia contributing about $55,000 per-screen at 19 IMAX locations.
While Wrath is off to a muscular overseas start in comparison with its domestic action, Lionsgate’s The Hunger Games is experiencing just the opposite commercial reception. Taking a No. 2 back seat offshore this round, the film is performing over two frames far better domestically than it is abroad.
Opening No. 1 with $59.6 million last round (versus $152.5 million in the U.S. and Canada), the action/sci-fi vehicle starring Jennifer Lawrence dipped nearly 40% in its second weekend, drawing $35.8 million. The film’s foreign gross total stands at $114.9 million versus the $251 million cume logged domestically.
Still in all, Games maintained its No. 1 slot in the U.K. with a $4 million weekend at 505 locales, lifting the market cume to $13.1 million. The weekend in Australia generated $5.1 million from about 270 sites, pushing the market cume there to $17 million over two rounds. In Germany, the No. 1 weekend take was $3.5 million derived from 623 situations for an $8.9 million market total.
Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax,Universal’s 3-D animation adapted from the classic children’s book, finished No. 3 after opening in 17 markets including Mexico (No. 2 with $2.5 million from 542 sites). Weekend overall provided $14.2 million drawn from 3,933 playdates in 43 markets. Overseas cume stands at $37.4 million.
Fourth was Sony Animation/Aardman’s coproduction of The Pirates! Band of Misfits, which opened offshore at 2,963 screens in a dozen territories, and collected $7.9 million. The family animation adventure featuring the voices of Hugh Grant and Selma Hayek ranked No. 3 in the U.K., grossing $2.9 million at 541 situations.
No. 5 was 20th Century Fox International’s The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, the comedy-drama starring Judi Dench and Maggie Smith, which grossed $6.46 million at 1,962 screens in 27 territories, lifting its foreign cume to $43.6 million.
Disney’s John Carter has grossed so far $188.3 million overseas in contrast to its $66.2 domestic cume. Weekend offshore brought in $6.2 million from playdates in 54 markets.
Sony’s reinterpretation of vintage tv’s 21 Jump Street has logged a foreign gross of $22.1 million since it opened offshore on March 14. On the weekend, the comedy vehicle for Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum drew $3.9 million from 763 screens in 15 territories.
Fox’s romantic comedy This Means War elevated its foreign cume to $84 million thanks to a $3 million weekend gathered at 2,612 screens in 44 markets. Top local language newcomer in France was No. 3 ranked Mince Alors!, UGC Distribution’s release of director Charlotte de Turckheim’s comedy about women with weight challenges. Opening round generated $2.5 million at 390 screens.
Other international cumes:DreamWorks Animation/Paramount’s Puss In Boots, $400 million; DreamWorks/Disney’s War Horse, $97.2 million; Fox’s In Time, $130.9 million; Paramount’s The Devil Inside, $46.3 million; Studio Canal’s Cloclo, $12 million in France only; Fox’s Chronicle, $56.9 million; Sony’s The Vow, $48.6 million; Universal’s Safe House, $72.9 million; Fox’s Star Wars – Episode I in 3D, $58.6 million; Hugo, $74.8 million in Paramount territories only; Universal’s Contraband, $26.6 million; Fox’s We Bought A Zoo, $31.5 million; and Universal’s Bel Ami, $1.7 million in opening Russia round at 375 situations.
Also:The Weinstein Co.’s The Artist, $81 million (versus $43.6 million domestic); Warner’s Journey 2: The Mysterious Island, Paramount’s Young Adult, $5.5 million; Warner’s Project X, $24.2 million; Sony’s Jack and Jill, $75.9 million; Focus Features’ Jane Eyre, $21.5 million; The Weinstein Co.’s My Week With Marilyn, $14.1 million; Paramount/Sony’s The Adventures of Tintin: Secret of the Unicorn, $295.6 million; Constantin’s Turkish For Beginners – The Film, $12.7 million over three rounds in Germany and Austria; and Focus Features’ Beginners, $9.1 million.