'G.I. Joe' continues overseas domination

Closing in on $100 mil in only 12 days on foreign run

Expanding its No. 1 foreign run by 14 new markets on the weekend, Paramount's "G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra's" overseas boxoffice tally nonetheless dropped 43% from its opening round, registering $24.5 million overall from 6,616 screens in 43 territories.

Still, the live-action feature from director Stephen Sommers based on the Hasbro toy line is pressing the $100-million foreign gross mark (cume stands at $89.6 million) after only 12 days out on the international circuit. It remained in first place for the second consecutive weekend. Worldwide tally stand at $188.4 million.

The biggest of the openings in mostly medium-sized markets was Germany, where "Cobra" finished No. 3 with $1.75 million from 474 locations. Major holdovers included Korea ($3.1 million from 377 sites for a cume of $10.4 million), Russia ($2.6 million from 510 situations, cume $9 million) and China ($2.2 million from 990 locales, cume $9.5 million.

Sony introduced "District 9," which finished No. 1 in North America, in nine foreign markets for a total of $7.3 million drawn from 747 screens. Directed by Neill Blomkamp, a protege of producer Peter Jackson, the sci-fi tale of aliens in South Africa opened No. 1 in Russia ($4.5 million from 453 sites), in New Zealand and the in Ukraine. A No. 2 Australia premier produced $1.8 million from 178 screens. Early cume from all foreign distributors is $7.7 million.

Second on the weekend was Warner Bros.' "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince," which registered $14.6 million from more than 8,000 screens in 66 markets, pushing its foreign gross total to $578 million. Worldwide, the sixth 'Harry Potter" has grossed $861.8 million, pushing its rank on the industry's all-time boxoffice hit chart to No. 17 behind Disney's 2003 smash "Finding Nemo."

No. 3 was 20th Century Fox's "Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs," which bagged $11.9 million from 6,703 sites in 66 markets thanks to a $2.4 million opening in Korea at 359 screens. The threequel, with a foreign boxoffice total of $601.7 million, is now the first Fox film since 1997's "Titanic" (foreign gross total of $1.24 billion) to cross the $600 million mark overseas.

In fourth place was Pixar/Disney's "Up," which continued its marathon foreign run with a $10.6 million weekend from 2,396 screens in 19 territories. Its overseas cume is $128 million and a global boxoffice total of $415 million. A Portugal opening produced the biggest opening for a Disney animation title, $825,000 from 80 sites for a per-screen average of $10,313. "Up" also finished No. 1 in France with $3.3 million drawn from 715 locations for a market cume of $21.5 million over three rounds.

No. 5 for the second consecutive weekend was Universal's "Public Enemies." Propelled by six market openings, the period crime drama from director Michael Mann starring Johnny Depp drew $8.7 million overall from 2,861 sites in 49 territories, lifting its foreign gross total to $76.2 million. A No. 1 Spain debut produced $2.3 million from 457 screens.

Fox's "Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian" is winding up its overseas run in Japan, and going out with a bang. Opening five-day Nippon frame (including previews) for the Ben Stiller vehicle produced $8.68 million from 625 sites ($13,888 per screen). Weekend overall generated $8.69 from 628 situations in two markets for a foreign of $222.6 million.

Thanks to an $8.1 million weekend from 8,075 sites in 49 territories, Warner Bros. sleeper hit comedy "The Hangover" raised its foreign boxoffice total to $136.8 million and its worldwide cume to $402.5 million.

"G-Force," a big-budget digital animation title from producer Jerry Bruckheimer and Disney, drew $6.7 million from 2,079 sites in 17 markets for a foreign cume of $40.9 million so far. Disney's 'The Proposal" finished No. 3 in its third Germany frame for an overall $6.2 million weekend at 2,530 situations in 35 territories. Overseas cume for the Sandra Bullock-Ryan Reynolds romantic comedy stands at $103.6 million.

Thanks to openings in the U.K., Spain, Italy and Malaysia, Fox's "Aliens in the Attic" pushed its foreign cume to $5 million. Overall weekend tally was $3.6 million from 1,261 sites in eight territories. The No. 2 U.K. debut produced $2.2 million from 435 locations.

Sony's "The Ugly Truth" played the U.K., Australia (where it ranked No. 1 with $1.9 million drawn from 284 screens) and Israel for a total of $3.3 million from 682 screens. Cume for the romantic comedy starring Katherine Heigl is $13 million. Summit International's "Bandslam," a teen rock music drama, opened in five markets for $1.8 million from a total of 843 screens.

Topping the U.K. charts was New Line's "The Time Traveler's Wife," a romantic drama costarring Rachel McAdams and Eric Bana about a Chicago librarian who time travels when stressed. Opening round produced $2.3 million from 425 sites. U.K. Saturday-Sunday previews for the Weinstein Co./Universal's "Inglourious Basterds" from Quentin Tarantino generated $1.3 million from 396 spots, as per Universal. "Basterds" opens in the market Friday.

In France, "Neuilly sa mere!" (Neuilly my mother!) from TFM Distribution, a comedy about a Muslim teenager living with a traditional French family, opened at No. 2 in the market with $2.8 million from 389 locations. In Germany, local distributor Concorde opened director Kathryn Bigelow's war drama "The Hurt Locker" at 124 locations for a No. 10-ranked gross of $289,501.

Other international cumes: Summit International's "Sex Drive, $9.1 million; "Bruno" (handled by Universal, Sony and Mandate Int'l.), $87 million; Sony's "The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3," $32.7 million; Universal's "Drag Me To Hell," $7.3 million (Universal territories only); Sony's "Terminator Salvation," $245.3 million; Focus Features/Universal's "Coraline," $43.1 million; Paramount's "Imagine That," $1.3 million; DreamWorks Animation/Paramount's "Monsters vs. Aliens," $181.4 million; Universal's "Land of the Lost," $12.7 million; DreamWorks/Paramount's "Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen," $426.8 million; Sony's "Year One," $10.2 million; Universal's "Funny People," $1 million; Sony's "Angels & Demons," $350.1 million; and Universal's "Last House on the Left," $11 million (Universal territories only).
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