'Hancock' still soaring at int'l boxoffice
Will Smith starrer pulls up, away from rest of the field
The Will Smith starrer "Hancock" led the summer assault with a huge $70.4 million from 8,125 screens in 67 markets in its second weekend of overseas release, raising its foreign gross to $180.6 million.
The Paramount/DreamWorks animated entry "Kung Fu Panda" reached an international cume of $218.4 million as it pulled in $42.2 million from 5,384 playdates in 44 territories, and Universal's film adaptation of stage musical "Mamma Mia!" had audiences singing along to the tune $24.3 million from 1,405 showings in 12 territories.
Disney/Walden Media's "The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian," meanwhile, went up to $216.5 million as it tallied $11 million from 33 countries, and Disney/Pixar's much-heralded "WALL-E" picked up $7.5 million from 2,101 screens in 12 markets as it continues a gradual rollout that will end in December in Japan.
Another weekend surprise was Asia's move into tentpole territory. John Woo's period war epic "Red Cliff" -- at $80 million, the most expensive Asian film ever made -- brought in an estimated $20.8 million from six markets.
At the same time, a couple of high-profile films scheduled for three-to-four-month rollouts are showing early promise in limited release, including Universal's "Hellboy II: The Golden Army" and New Line's "Journey to the Center of the Earth."
Superhero and action holdovers also are attracting big audiences. Russian director Timur Bekmambetov's violent "Wanted" registered another $9.2 million to hoist its foreign gross to $80.5 million, and the Steven Spielberg-directed "Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull" hit an impressive $440.8 million as it enticed $5.3 million from 1,835 screens in 44 markets.
In its second overseas session, which included 12 new bows, "Hancock" held the No. 1 slot in 30 markets, opening to $11.4 million from 589 screens in Russia, $9.9 million from 739 in France, $4.6 million from 783 in Mexico, $2.2 million from 429 in India, $1.7 million from 90 in Holland, $1.3 million from 69 in Belgium and $1 million from 81 in the Ukraine.
Holdovers saw the U.K. dip 45% for a two-weekend total of $33.4 million; Germany was off 37% for a cume of $24.2 million; Korea fell 38% for a cume of $14.7 million; and Australia dropped 47% for a cume of $14.4 million.
"Panda" launched in France ($7.4 million from 761 screens), Spain ($6.3 million from 581), Belgium ($1.7 million from 102) and the Netherlands ($1.9 million from 154). Territorial cumes to date include $27.8 million in six weeks from Korea; $20.2 million in three from Australia; $11.1 million in two from Germany; $20.5 million in five from Russia; and $21.5 million in 10 days from the U.K.
The U.K., where the stage musical "Mamma Mia!" originated nine years ago, welcomed the film version at No. 1 with $13.1 million from 494 prints. Australia also had a No. 1 opening, registering $5.2 million from 258 sites, while Sweden -- home of popular '70s group ABBA whose songs are featured in the film -- opened at No. 1 with $1.7 million from 144 screens, hailed as Universal's fourth-biggest opening ever in the market.
"Red Cliff," for which Summit Entertainment holds the distribution rights for a great part of the world, grossed $15.8 million in its first weekend in China (non-Summit), $1.4 million in Hong Kong (non-Summit) and $2.5 million in Taiwan via 20th Century Fox International. Summit territories in which the film opened include Singapore ($760,000) and Thailand (402,000).
"Hellboy II" kicked off with $4.7 million from 481 playdates in Mexico, Thailand, Malaysia and Singapore and is set for release around the world in the next four months.
The 3-D version of "Journey to the Center of the Earth" opened to $3.9 million in five markets, with the U.K. delivering $3.9 million and Brazil, $1.2 million.
Fox's Eddie Murphy comedy "Meet Dave" failed to impress as it took off in 18 markets, tallying only $3.4 million from 949 screens, with Russia providing $1.2 million from 442 and Australia, $1 million from 188.
Warner Bros.' "Get Smart," provided a weekend gross of $6.4 million from 2,170 screens in 27 markets, lifting its cume to $46.2 million.