'Hancock' tops overseas boxoffice
Finishes out front in 47 of the 50 territories played
Will Smith's homeless superhero finished on top in 47 of the 50 territories it played, according to Sony, and outpaced in those same 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 Will Smith ($324 million); "Spider-Man 2" ($411 million); and the original "Spider-Man" ($418 million).
"I feel comfortable that we will (wind up on the overseas circuit) in the mid-$300 million range, hopefully more," said Mark Zucker, distribution president of Sony Pictures Releasing International. He attributed "Hancock's" strong opening to a mixture of aggressive foreign promotion via personal appearances by Smith and a determination to be "one of the first pictures to open in Europe after the conclusion of the European Soccer Championships."
The biggest markets for "Hancock" were the U.K., where the weekend produced $19.3 million from 876 screens; Germany, $12.4 million from 983 sites for a 61% market share; Korea, $8.5 million from 503 situations; Australia, $7.3 million from 354 sites; China, $5.5 million from 461 screens; Brazil, $3.4 million from 400 spots; and Taiwan, $3.1 million from 150 sites or an average of $20,666 per screen.
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.
Universal's "Wanted," No. 4 on the weekend, bowed in first place in Italy ($2.2 million from 249 locations), while the action vehicle with Angelina Jolie remained strong in Russia. The weekend tally was $18.8 million from 2,312 screens in 23 markets for an international cume of $64.2 million (worldwide, $155 million).
In fifth is Pixar/Disney's "WALL-E," which continued its gradual international rollout with an animated $12.9 million from 1,645 screens in 11 markets. The early international total stands at $18 million; the worldwide total is $146.1 million.
New Line's "Sex and the City" pushed past the $200 million overseas mark, elevating its cume to $209.3 million as it lured an estimated $7.3 million on the weekend from 5,403 screens in 55 territories.
Warners' "Get Smart," with Steve Carell, also tallied $7.3 million from 2,100 screens in 22 markets for an international cume of 34.3 million. Globally, the spy spoof has garnered $132.4 million.
Paramount's "Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull" upped its overseas total to a whopping $429 million thanks to a $7.1 million weekend from 3,400 sites in 62 markets.
Virtually tied were Fox's "The Happening" and Marvel/Universal's "The Incredible Hulk." The M. Night Shyamalan thriller drew $5 million from 2,700 screens in 64 markets for a cume of $79 million, while the Marvel comics superhero landed $4.9 million from 3,753 situations in 56 territories for an overseas total of $95.7 million.
Adam Sandler's latest comedy via Sony, "You Don't Mess With the Zohan," pushed its international total to $23.3 million thanks to a $2 million weekend from 885 screens in nine markets. In another tie at an estimated $1.5 million each were 20th Century Fox International's "What Happens in Vegas" and Sony's "Made of Honor." The former romantic comedy played 750 screens in 22 markets for an overseas cume of $127.5 million, while the latter turned up at 1,180 sites in 29 territories for a cume of $50.6 million.
The biggest new local-language title in France was Pathe's "Mes Amis, Mes Amours," a romantic comedy co-scripted and directed by Lorraine Levy, which opened at No. 2 in Paris and grossed an estimated $2.3 million from 500 spots nationwide.