'Harry Potter' repeats overseas

'Prince's' worldwide gross stands at $747.7 million

The international boxoffice circuit entered the dog days of summer with "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince" remaining on top during its third overseas weekend, grossing $43.4 million from 13,000 locations in 64 markets.

The take for the sixth title in Warner Bros.' multibillion-dollar franchise dropped nearly 50% from its second weekend but nonetheless moved "Prince's" foreign boxoffice tally to nearly a half-billion dollars ($493 million) and its worldwide total to $748.8 million.

The film's weekend action in the U.K. was a mighty $4.9 million from 568 screens, raising its market cume to $66.2 million. Japan produced $5.6 million from 695 sites; "Prince's" cume there is $50.2 million. Germany came up with $5.3 million from 908 locations for a $48.8 million cume, and France generated $4.9 million from 949 sites for a $40.7 million cume.

Newcomers to the foreign circuit included Universal's No. 1 domestic title "Funny People," from director-writer-producer Judd Apatow and starring Adam Sandler, Seth Rogen and Leslie Mann. The comedy about a stand-up comic facing terminal illness opened in a single market, Russia, to an estimated $387,605 from 196 locations.

In addition, Fox injected yet another family film into the overseas summer mix. "Aliens in the Attic," a CGI/live-action adventure comedy about kids on a family vacation fighting off alien invaders, debuted in Russia, Trinidad and Jamaica to $734,513 from 360 screens.

At No. 2 was Fox's "Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs," which elicited $24.7 million from 8,844 screens in 68 markets. After five rounds overseas, the threequel has drawn a $551.4 million cume, making it the foreign circuit's highest-grossing animation title to date. The previous record-holder was Disney's "Finding Nemo," which generated $525 million in 2003.

The weekend's No. 3 title overseas was Pixar/Disney's "Up," which opened in seven territories. Combined with holdovers, the film generated $23.5 million from 2,151 sites in 20 markets. A No. 1 France debut produced a whopping $9 million from 718 screens. The conventional theatrical version in Spain opened No. 1 with $3.8 million generated from 456 spots while the 3D version finished second with $2.7 million from 140 3D locations.

"Up's" overseas rollout, which began May 31, is a marathon, not a sprint, according to Disney. The run concludes Dec. 5 in Japan. The film's foreign cume stands at $80.1 million, with China and Singapore opening this week.

At No. 4 was Disney's "The Proposal," a comedy starring Sandra Bullock and Ryan Reynolds that expanded its run to at least a half-dozen new markets, drawing $11.4 million from 2,676 screens in 32 territories and hoisting its overseas cume to $78.5 million. A No. 2 Germany debut produced $4.6 million from 610 screens.

Placing fifth was producer Jerry Bruckheimer's big-budget Disney film "G-Force," which spread its 3D animated wings in 14 new markets during its second weekend of overseas release. Its gross during the frame was $11.2 million from 2,028 locations in 15 territories.

"G-Force," a live-action/animation hybrid about weapon-toting guinea pigs, opened a close No. 2 in the U.K., crowding "Prince" for the top spot with $4.2 million from 426 screens. Its international cume stands at $12.4 million.

Buoyed by openings in seven markets, Universal's "Public Enemies" spurted to $9.5 million from 2,619 locations in 41 territories, raising its foreign cume to $51.5 million. Leading the pack was Australia, where director Michael Mann's Depression-era crime drama, starring Johnny Depp, drew $2.6 million from 228 sites for a robust $11,404 per-screen average.

Flying past the $100 million overseas benchmark was Warners' "The Hangover," which drew $8.9 million from 2,233 screens in 43 territories. The hit comedy's international cume stands at $113 million.

Sony's "The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3" picked up some traction in its eighth round overseas with a take of $8.3 million from 1,518 screens in 23 markets. A France opening at 393 locations produced $2.4 million while the Tony Scott action vehicle for Denzel Washington and John Travolta premiered No. 3 in the U.K. with $3 million drawn from 380 screens.

"Bruno" laughed all the way to $4 million from 2,500 screens in 33 territories handled by Universal, Sony and Mandate. The Sacha Baron Cohen comedy clocked in at No. 7 in the U.K., where its 24-day market total is $24.1 million. To date, "Bruno" has grossed $66 million on the foreign circuit.

Sony's "Terminator: Salvation" had a perky 10th weekend, opening No. 1 in Mexico ($2.5 million from 448 screens) and grossing $3.1 million overall from 1,236 screens in 35 territories. Foreign cume stands at $241.2 million.

DreamWorks/Paramount's "Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen" grossed $3 million from 2,882 locations in 54 territories, lifting its overseas cume to $421.7 million through six weeks.

In Japan, Disney's 2008 title "Bolt" finally opened to $2.7 million from 482 screens, pushing its overseas cume to $187.1 million. Seven of the top 10 titles in Japan were local language but New Line's comedy "He's Just Not that Into You" managed a No. 9 market introduction with $744,082 drawn from 166 locations.

In France, the local-language romantic comedy "Until You," from writer-director Jennifer Devoldere, opened at No. 11 with $400,000 from 110 screens. Top French title was TFI Distribution's "Une semaine dur deux," a melodrama about children coping with divorced parents, which finished No. 6 with $865,913 from 340 spots and a market cume of $2.6 million over two frames.

"Drag Me to Hell," director/co-writer Sam Raimi's tongue-in-cheek horror title, opened solidly at No. 3 in Spain ($1.3 million from 271 screens) via Universal, which is handling the film's foreign release with other distributors. Its overseas cume from all distributors is $25 million. Universal's "Adrift," a Portuguese-language drama about a girl's coming of age, opened in Brazil to $168,134 from 41 screens.

Other international cumes include Sony's "Angels & Demons," $349.3 million; Focus Features/Universal's "Coraline," $40.1 million; Disney's "Hannah Montana: The Movie," $70.4 million; Universal's "State of Play," $48.9 million; DreamWorks/Paramount's "I Love You, Man," $18.3 million; Pathe/Fox's "Slumdog Millionaire," $220.3 million; DreamWorks/Paramount's "The Uninvited," $10.9 million; Universal's "Land of the Lost," $10 million (after a $1.1 million U.K. bow at 338 sites); Fox's "X-Men Origins: Wolverine," $185 million; DreamWorks Animation/Paramount's "Monsters vs. Aliens," $180.9 million; and Fox's "Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian," $213 million.
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