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Empty"Hancock" replicated its powerful No. 1 domestic opening with an estimated $78.3 million overseas from 5,444 screens in 50 markets for a mighty average of $14,382 per screen. The five-day worldwide gross stands at $185.6 million.
Will Smith's superhero finished on top in 47 of the 50 territories it played, according to Sony, and outpaced in those markets the comparable results of such international hits as "The Simpsons Movie," which grossed $343 million over the life of its foreign run; "Transformers" ($387 million); "I Am Legend," also with Smith ($324 million); "Spider-Man 2" ($411 million); and the original "Spider-Man" ($418 million).
The biggest market for "Hancock" was the U.K., where the weekend produced $19.3 million from 876 screens.
Another newcomer — Universal's "Mamma Mia!" — played an exclusive one-week engagement at London's Odeon Leicester Square theater as well as at 155 situations in Greece. The romantic comedy set in Greece, starring Meryl Streep and featuring music by the '70s Swedish pop group ABBA, generated $1.8 million from the two territories.
The weekend's No. 2 title was DreamWorks Animation/Paramount Pictures International's "Kung Fu Panda," which opened smartly in 20 territories. The biggest market was the U.K., where it grossed $10.7 million from 443 sites. Its overall take was $38 million from 5,448 spots in 44 markets; the overseas total is $151 million, and the worldwide cume is $344.4 million.
The No. 3 film, Disney's "The Chroncles of Narnia: Prince Caspian," debuted at No. 1 in seven territories and finished on top in 10 of the overall 42 markets it played. The gross was $24.3 million from 5,000 screens. The international cume stands at $194 million, while the global tally is $332 million. (partialdiff)